Bus passenger foils would-be robbers with punch to face

A robbery on a bus was foiled after the targeted passenger punched one of the offenders in the face before running off.

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CCTV footage of the alleged incident

The two would-be robbers got more than they bargained for in the bungled bus robbery.

Two men were on the number 11A bus, heading from Bearwood, and headed to the top deck where they approached a 26-year-old man who was sat towards the back.

One of the young men demanded the victim’s mobile phone several times and began to threaten him, but the victim then got up and punched one of the men to the face before pushing past them in an attempt to flee.

Detective Sergeant Lucy Bird, from West Midlands Police's Birmingham robbery team, is investigating the crime.

She said: "The passenger was, understandably, concerned for his safety and was worried that the two suspects were carrying a weapon.

"He refused to hand over his phone and when the threats became more menacing he quickly acted to defend himself and flee to the comparative safety of the lower deck, where there were more people.

"The pair ran after him and kicked him as he fled, but then got off the bus when they realised their robbery attempt was in vain."

The incident happaned at around 6.30pm on Monday, February 17.

The offenders escaped from the bus on City Road, Winson Green and ran off.

They are both white, with the first offender being in his mid to late teens, around six feet tall, of average build, and he had his hood up.

The second suspect was also in his mid to late teens, around five feet six inches tall, skinny, with brown short hair, and he was wearing a black body warmer.

Anyone with information should call Birmingham Police robbery team on 101 or speak to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.