A taxi controller murdered in an unprovoked attack outside his office in Nechells has been named locally as Rahat Saeed.
Police were called to Embassy Cars, on Oliver Street, on Friday night 2nd June following reports that an employee had been knocked unconscious by a customer.
The 37-year-old victim was taken to hospital but sadly died on Sunday, June 4.
A murder investigation has been launched by West Midlands Police who have appealed for witnesses.
Jamshad Khan, manager of the Village Kebab House, was one of the first on the scene.
Mr Khan, 54, said: “It was about 9.30pm, I was coming into my shop and saw a lot of people outside the Village Supermarket next door.
“I went closer and I saw a guy, he was Asian, maybe I’d seen him once or twice coming into the shop but I didn’t know his name. I realised that he was in a serious condition.
“I dialled 999 and said I needed the police and ambulance and this person had been assaulted.
“Within ten minutes, the ambulance arrived and he was trying to get up but they tried to give him oxygen but he wasn’t taking it. He was saying ‘I want to go home’, he said that four, five times. He kept saying it.”
Mr Khan claimed police did not arrive until the next morning and added news of the death had shaken everyone in the area.
He added: “It is terrible. It was over a disagreement, something petty and to kill someone over that is really bad. We are all sad, it’s really sad to see a young guy die.”
Detective Inspector Paul Joyce, from the force’s Homicide Team, said: “No arrests have been made as yet but inquiries are moving at a swift pace and I am appealing to anyone who can help the investigation to get in touch.
“We are still trying to understand what happened but we are led to believe that a customer visited the taxi office in Nechells after being picked up earlier in the evening. There was some sort of disagreement and he became aggressive and assaulted the member of staff.
“We are liaising with the man’s family following their tragic loss and we are determined to find the perpetrator as quickly as possible. We are also liaising with the taxi community to see if they can help supply us with information to identify the suspect.”
A teenager has been arrested in connection with the murder.
The 17-year-old lad was arrested on Thursday 8 June on suspicion of murder and has been released from custody pending further investigation.
“Police are still seeking help to identify another man believed to be involved and continue to make inquiries,” West Midlands Police said in a statement.
Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Homicide Team or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.