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Fresh appeal to help find ‘random’ knife attacker

Detective: 'We’ve knocked every door and nobody seems to know him'

07 September, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

A CCTV image of the man that police want to speak to

POLICE are trying to understand why a man randomly stabbed two victims in Kilburn, as the hunt for the suspect continues four months on.

Detectives have probed CCTV from Kilburn High Road after two men were stabbed in separate but linked incidents in the early hours of April 9. But the suspect – who said nothing to either of the victims – has yet to be identified.

Detective Constable Thomas Ryan, from North West Area CID, said: “Identifying this chap is going to be solely reliant on [people] coming forward. It’s quite important to get someone who is willing to just stab people in general, but who is motivelessly or randomly just attacking people in the street. It’s not somebody who should be out in public.”

The man is seen to approach the first victim, aged 63, outside McDonald’s near the junction with Victoria Road at about 1.15am.

After knifing him in the back he then walks towards the Maida Vale end of the road. About five minutes later he walks into Cambridge Avenue where it is thought he stayed for over an hour. DC Ryan probed whether he lived on the street, but ruled this out after door knocking every house.

He said he has “not a clue” what the suspect was doing until he reappears from the same road at about 2.25am.

About 10 minutes later, he stabs a second victim, aged 39, in the abdomen and this time jogs away and turns left back into Cambridge Avenue.

The last time he is seen is at about 3am and DC Ryan said they believe he walked into Tollgate House and stayed there.

However, DC Ryan said: “We’ve knocked every door and nobody seems to know him.”

Police said they received some information that he may be a homeless man but their enquiries had not been able to confirm that. One initial line of inquiry was about the man’s mental health, but nothing came back from local mental health services when an image of him was circulated. Both victims were taken to hospital and neither of their injuries were life-threatening.

DC Ryan said it could have been much more serious and is urging anyone with information to come forward either through police or anonymously through Crime­stoppers, which has so far helped provide some information.

Police can be contacted on 101 quoting CAD 386/09APR or calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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