West Midlands Police are investigating after a man was stabbed after being chased for his car keys in a “shocking incident” in Selly Oak early this morning (Sunday 7th October).
Officers were called to the attempted carjacking just before 6.30am by the man’s friend, to find the victim collapsed, with multiple stab wounds, in an alleyway on Heeley Road.
The man and his friend had reportedly been approached by two men – described as black and in their late teens – just after parking their car.
When the offenders demanded the car keys, the men ran into an alleyway but were chased by the two teenagers.
Multiple stab wounds
The 22 year old victim suffered multiple stab wounds to the stomach and chest and remains in hospital in a critical condition.
The offenders are believed to have driven off in a small silver-coloured car.
West Midlands Police Inspector Jonathan Kiteley, said: “Enquiries are underway to trace the attackers and we’re keen to hear from anyone who was in the Selly Oak area this morning from 5.30am and may have seen anything suspicious or people matching the descriptions of the attackers.”
Inspector Kiteley said: “This is a shocking incident which has left a young man seriously ill in hospital. I would urge anyone who suspects who might be involved to contact us immediately so we can take these dangerous individuals off the street.
“We don’t need people to leave their names, they can call in confidence, we just need information to help us catch those responsible.”
Officers are also looking into a separate attempted robbery at around 5.30am in Selly Hill Road, where two men – described as black, around 18 years old and wearing scarves across their faces – attacked a group and demanded money. In this incident, they also fled empty handed.
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 999 or Live Chat via WMP Online until midnight quoting log umber 700 from 7 October. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk (8am – midnight) or to call 101 any time. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
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