Brave Muhammed stops robber in his tracks

The country’s most senior police officers came together last night (Monday 23 November) to honour a local man who stopped a robber in his tracks.


On Friday 28 February 2014, a woman was walking along a road in Birmingham city centre, having just checked her mobile phone and slipping it up her sleeve.

Without any warning she was violently pushed to the floor by a man who then punched her several times to the head and ran off with her phone.

Muhammad Ashraf saw what was happening and chased the man for several streets and eventually detained him.

The offender began to struggle violently and, in the process, assaulted Muhammad, punching him in the face. Officers attended, the stolen phone was located and the man arrested. He was subsequently charged with robbery and assault.

Muhammad chased after this man not knowing if he was armed. The victim was extremely grateful to get her phone back, as it contained sentimental pictures.

The offender received an eight year prison sentence.

Muhammad was presented with a silver certificate by Head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, Chief Constable Sara Thornton, CBE, QPM. Joining her from West Midlands Police for the 50th Police Public Bravery Awards was Deputy Chief Constable Dave Thompson.