Edgbaston man jailed for attempted murder after carrying out knife attack
Written by Tristan Harris on November 17, 2018
AN AMERICAN tourist who was brutally stabbed during a night out in Birmingham City Centre by a man from Edgbaston has praised West Midlands Police for ‘leaving no stone unturned’ to get his attackers jailed.
The victim, from Chicago, had been clubbing with a family member into the early hours of May 18 when he was set upon in a chip shop in Smallbrook Queensway.
Knifeman Carlito Fearon stormed into Rod Roj take-away around 3am and barged his way to the front of the queue to confront staff over a previous food order.
He was joined in the shop by associate Warren Johnson.
The pair threatened customers before turning their attention to the 20-year-old on realising he was an American man.
The CCTV shows 21-year-old Johnson approach Fearon, also 21, to discreetly pass him a knife.
Moments, later he squared-up to the victim nose-to-nose and quickly stabs the victim eight times in the side.
Johnson also waded into the attack with a head-butt and punches and, after Fearon calmly collected his take-away from the counter, the pair fled.
West Midlands Police detectives carried out a CCTV trawl and were able to plot the pair walking off along Hurst Street.
Fearon was later spotted on camera at McDonald’s on Bristol Road before heading towards his home address in Benmore Avenue.
West Midlands Police released CCTV from the night and members of the public came forward with information, naming the two as potential suspects.
Raids were executed on the morning at Fearon’s Edgbaston flat on the morning of May 24 where he was found hiding in a wardrobe.
A swoop was also carried out at Johnson’s home in Kellett Road, Nechells.
Trousers and shoes were recovered from Fearon’s flat matching those worn by the knifeman, while a key witness in the chip shop picked out both men during an ID procedure.
Both men refused to co-operate with investigators and stayed silent during interview − but officers had enough evidence to charge them with attempted murder.
They both denied the attempted murder but at Birmingham Crown Court Fearon was jailed for 18 years having been found guilty. He will serve a minimum of 12 years and be bound by an extended five-year licence period upon his eventual release.
Johnson was cleared of attempted murder but found guilty of wounding – he was jailed for 14 years and will serve a minimum of nine years and four months.
A key witness from inside the shop picked out both men during an ID procedure.
Investigating officer, Det Con Ed Ketterer, said: “This was a savage attack that could easily have proved to be fatal − and shows how minor spats can quickly escalate into very serious incidents when people carry knives.
“Fearon initially went into the shop angry at a food order he’d received − yet within just a few minutes we’ve gone from that to a man fighting for his life.
“I’d like to thank the people who got in touch to provide information on the back of our appeal for information − together with the CCTV footage we obtained we were able to show Fearon and Johnson were the attackers.
“I wish the victim all the best in his continued recovery and for his future.”
In a written statement the victim thanked West Midlands Police for ‘leaving no stone unturned’ in the force’s efforts to trace the attackers and secure convictions − and the Birmingham community for helping catch the offenders.
He also thanked an off-duty paramedic who provided first aid, stemmed the bleeding and potentially saved his life.
He added: “I hope the lesson to be learned from this is that carrying a knife, even out of a misplaced notion of self-defence, is an act of extreme danger and misjudgement − and it has cost these young men their liberty for a long time.
“I hope they are able to reflect on this and eventually rebuild their lives as I am doing with mine.”