A manhunt is continuing for wanted suspect Lee Martin, after an initial plea from cops last week was followed by renewed weekend appeals – following a spate of violent attacks.
Martin was first sought in connection with the kidnap and stabbing of a woman in Solihull on September 5.
But West Midlands Police say the “armed and dangerous” 41-year-old is now wanted for questioning over a string of other crimes across the region.
Police have urged caution, telling the public to stay vigilant but to not approach 41-year-old Martin, who is alleged to have rammed traffic officers in a bid to evade justice.
Here is everything we currently know about the hunt for Martin, which has made headlines across the country since last week.
What is Martin accused of?
Lee Martin is accused of kidnapping, beating and allegedly stabbing a woman in Solihull.
The woman, who is known to the suspect, managed to escape and her physical injuries are not life threatening.
Martin is also wanted for questioning after a black BMW was stolen from a woman in Kings Heath Park on September 8. The car was found two days later on nearby Branscombe Close.
He is also wanted by police for questioning after a woman’s grey Nissan Qashqai at lunchtime from Asda car park in Barnes Hill on September 10.
Four hours later, a house was broken into on Stonebrook Way, Harborne. The householder disturbed the burglar who had a knife
On Saturday, a frightening knife-point carjacking happened in Lionel Street, Birmingham city centre just before 7.45pm and police said they are searching for Martin in connection with the incident. A navy blue Corsa was stolen from a mum who had just dropped her daughter at university. Police are still searching for this stolen car.
How dangerous is Martin?
He is still on the run and is even accused of ramming traffic officers to escape, according to cops.
Police are warning people not to approach Martin as he is thought to be carrying a knife. Instead they are asked to call 999 or Crimestoppers.
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What have police said?
Detective Superintendent Darren Walsh said: “In all of the crimes that he is suspected of carrying out, knives have been used meaning Lee Martin is possibly armed and very dangerous.”
Superintendent Darren Walsh said: “All police forces in the country have been told that Lee Martin is wanted but we strongly suspect that he is still hiding out somewhere in Birmingham.
“Lee Martin is possibly armed and very dangerous. That’s why we’re asking you to dial 999 if you see him.”
How can I help?
The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £3,000 for any information that leads to the arrest of Lee Martin.
If you see Lee Martin, don’t go near him. Call 999. If you have information about where be may be hiding out or anything else which may help, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
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