West Midlands Police have arrested a third man today in connection with the murder of 18 year old Sherriff Mbye in Northfield two weeks ago. In a statement police have said that they have “no evidence to suggest the murder is gang-related.”
18 year old Montell Williams of Smethwick was also hospitalised in the incident in which Sherriff lost his life as a result of stab wounds. He was arrested on April 24th and was charged this afternoon (April 30th). Williams will appear before magistrates tomorrow.
Two other men – Rakeem Riley, 18, of no fixed address and Omar Robinson, 21, from Ladywood – were arrested on suspicion of murder following Sherriff’s death. They were charged and remanded into custody by magistrates on April 21st.
All four men are believed to have been friends and Sherriff, Riley and Robinson had travelled to Northfield together. Police said that they have found no evidence the murder was gang related.
Detective Inspector Jim Munro said, despite the charges, his team are still actively seeking witnesses.
He added: “These charges are a significant step forward in our investigation and while the response from the public in Northfield and in Birmingham has been excellent, we remain keen to hear from anyone with information about this murder.
“Our investigations into exactly what happened will continue and you may notice more police in the Northfield area as we carry on with our inquiries
“We understand Northfield has been shocked by Sheriff’s murder and we are working really hard with local people, local businesses and partners to get back to normality as soon as possible.
“In the meantime, we want everyone to carry on with their business as usual and enjoy Northfield as a safe place to visit, work and spend time.”
Det Insp Munro and the investigation team can be contacted on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.