A Northfield man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison following a successful investigation by British Transport Police (BTP).
Mr Rinemo Burrowes was charged with possession of an offensive weapon and resisting a police officer. The 22 year old admitted the offences and was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 8th December.
On 19th June, Burrowes was chased from Birmingham New Street station and through the Moor Street link underpass by officers after receiving a report of a man brandishing a weapon and worrying passengers.
Officers repeated orders for him to stop were unsuccessful and he evaded an attempt by a member of the public (which you can see the video) to stop him. Mr Burrowes was eventually cornered, but ignored pleas to drop his weapon. He ran off again and was finally brought to a stop when officers discharged a Taser.
PC Rob Kelly from BTP, one of the officers who chased after Burrowes, said: “Burrowes claimed he was taking the axe to his mother’s house for sharpening so he could make a bed frame at home. He was given numerous opportunities to offer an explanation at the scene, which he never did.
“Instead, he chose to run off from us – carrying his weapon through a busy city centre – and was also seen reaching for it when officers tried to stop him.
“With previous convictions for burglary and robbery, all involving a weapon, we suspect Burrowes’ intentions for carrying the axe were not entirely innocent.
“While we are extremely grateful to the member of public who intervened, this is not something we would advise people do because, as this incident shows, you never know what a fleeing suspect might have on them.
“Thankfully on this occasion, nobody was hurt and the public should be reassured swift action by our officers resulted in an armed criminal being taken off our streets.”