Knifeman caught by DNA after being tackled by woman in Walsall

By Jordan Reynolds | Walsall | Crime | Published:

A masked knifeman who raided a shop in Walsall was caught after a woman tackled him and grabbed a glove which police found DNA on.

Asif Jhangeer was sentenced to three years and four months in prison

Asif Jhangeer threatened staff with a knife at Wolverhampton Road Post Office, jumped over a counter and stuffed hundreds of pounds worth of cigarettes into a bag on November 21 last year.

But as the 39-year-old attempted to leave he was tackled by a woman who entered the shop on the corner of Pargeter Street after hearing the commotion.

Jhangeer had left the knife on the counter and as they tussled the woman was able to remove a glove he was wearing.

The robber managed to flee but detectives were able to link him to the crime after DNA testing on the knife and glove.

Jhangeer, of Cameron Road, Walsall, pleaded guilty to the armed robbery and was jailed for three years and four months at Wolverhampton Crown Court on April 10.

DC Andy Atkinson, from West Midlands Police CID in Bloxwich, said: "This was a terrifying experience for the shop worker who was threatened with the knife.

"But thanks to the brave actions of the member of the public who confronted Jhangeer we were able to secure vital DNA evidence.

"This left Jhangeer with little choice but to plead guilty and put him behind bars."

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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