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Police appeal to find bus stabbing suspect

Police have appealed for Travon Poleate to come forwa Photo: West Midlands Police

Police have released an appeal to find a man who they suspect stabbed a teenage boy six times.

West Midlands Police were called to Dyas Road in Great Barr, Birmingham, on 8 September following reports that a 17-year-old boy was chased off a bus before being attacked with a knife.

The force suspect that 19-year-old Travon Poleate tried to board the bus without paying and then lashed out when the victim refused to pay his fare.

The victim left the bus over fearing an argument between the bus driver and who the police believe is Poleate could escalate. The offender chased the victim and stabbed him six times to the head and body.

According to police, Poleate is an American national who previously lived in Hockley and also has links to Handsworth.

Detective Constable Stephen Shepherd from West Midlands Police’s Investigation Team at Erdington police station, said:

Fearing the argument could escalate he removed himself from the situation and got off the bus. However, the offender gave chase and stabbed him six times to the head and body.

Our enquiries suggest Travon Poleate is responsible for this attack and I would urge him to do the right thing and come forward to speak to police about what happened. We want to hear his story.

– Detective Constable Stephen Shepherd

The victim has since recovered from his injuries.

Poleate is described as black, 6ft 2 inches tall and slim with afro hair.

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Midlands Police on 101 quoting the crime reference 20BW/191892H/17. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.