Man who assaulted Solihull shopkeeper twice is jailed - The Solihull Observer

Man who assaulted Solihull shopkeeper twice is jailed

Solihull Editorial 11th Jul, 2024   0

A SOLIHULL man who assaulted a shopkeeper twice before crashing a car has been jailed.

Dylan Evans was jailed after he was convicted of attacking a man at a shop in Prince of Wales Lane in April this year.

The sequence of offending saw Evans, 24, assault the same shopkeeper on different days, along with a member of the public who tried to intervene.

Shortly after he took a family member’s car and crashed it before fleeing the scene.

In the first incident, Evans tried to leave the Prince of Wales Lane shop without paying for a vape, claiming he would come back later to pay.

When the shopkeeper tried to stop him leaving, he assaulted him, slapping and punching him in the head seven times.

In the early hours of the following day, Evans was involved in a collision in Auckland Drive, Smithswood, where he hit a stationary vehicle before fleeing the scene on foot.

A day later, Evans went back to the shop, again assaulting the shopkeeper.

A member of the public tried to intervene, but was punched in the face by Evans, fracturing a cheekbone.

Following local enquiries by officers, Evans was arrested, telling officers in interview he ‘had been going through a hard time’ and that he had been drinking and taking drugs, so could not remember the incidents.

With CCTV clearly showing the assaults, Evans was charged and appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.

He pleaded guilty to assault, theft and driving offences and was jailed for 32 months.

Det Insp Mark Heard, from Solihull LPA, said: “We’re pleased to have taken this dangerous individual off the streets.

“Offenders who target business owners and their staff will not be tolerated.

“I’d also like to praise the bravery of the member of the public who intervened to try and stop the second assault.

“Without their bravery, this attack could have ended up being much worse.

“Everyone has the right to go about their day without fear of violence and we hope this conviction sends a strong message that we will identify those responsible for this type of crime and take strong action against them.”


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