An armed robber threatened a man with a knife in a terrifying street robbery after the owner advertised his laptop on Facebook. Ibrahim Ali was waiting for an interested buyer when a man wielding a “Rambo” knife threatened him.
The 31-year-old from Walsall waited at Murdock Grove in Soho around 7pm on May 14 after agreeing to meet a potential buyer via Facebook. But when he went to show the laptop, the man threatened him with a blade.
Ibrahim said the thief told him “keep quiet and walk away” before grabbing the MacBook from his hands. Ibrahim told BirminghamLive he tried to follow him but lost it.
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Fortunately, Ibrahim was not injured, but he later reported the incident to the police. He told BirminghamLive: “I was so shocked at the time because this had never happened to me before so I didn’t know what to do.”
“So he walked over and I showed him the MacBook, turned on. Then he pulled out the knife and said not to make a sound and get away. That’s when he grabbed the computer laptop and walked away.
“I then drove over to him and started following him. He picked a cul-de-sac where there was hardly anyone. So I followed him to the main roads and as soon as he tried to enter one of the houses. I walked past him and turned around as soon as I did, I lost him,” he said.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson told BirminghamLive: “We are investigating a robbery where a man had his laptop stolen at knifepoint.
“The crime happened in Murdock Grove, Birmingham at around 8pm on May 14. Fortunately the victim was not physically injured.”
“If you can help us with our ongoing investigation, chat live with us at west-midlands.police.uk quoting 20/462768/22.”
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