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Man arrested after father killed in Wolverhampton machete attack

By Dayna Farrington | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the fatal stabbing of Paulius Petrasiunas in Wolverhampton.

Victim Paulius Petrasiunas

Mr Petrasiunas, aged 24, was attacked with a machete in Chervil Rise, in the Heath Town area of the city, on Monday at around 5.20pm.

A manhunt was launched to trace a suspect on Tuesday – and today West Midlands Police officers confirmed a 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

He remains in custody for questioning. He was arrested from outside the force area, a spokesman confirmed.

A 47-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also in custody for questioning.

Flowers behind the police cordon at the scene in Heath Town

Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, from the force's homicide team, said: "These arrests are significant as our investigation continues.

“This was a shocking attack and is another tragic example of the dangers of knife crime.

“A young man has lost his life and my thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.

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“I am still urging anyone with any information about what happened to talk to us if they haven’t already."

Anyone with information about the murder is asked to call West Midlands Police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

A fundraising page has been set up to pay for Mr Petrasiunas' funeral – and towards his son's upbringing – with a target of £5,000.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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