'Dangerous' Solihull thug who attacked shopkeeper and Good Samaritan told police he was having a 'hard time'

-Credit: (Image: West Midlands Police)
-Credit: (Image: West Midlands Police)

A "dangerous" Solihull man twice attacked a shopkeeper after trying to steal a vape, before punching a member of the public and crashing a car. Dylan Evans, 24, launched a sequence of vicious attacks which saw a trader punched in the head seven times and left a customer, who tried to help, with a fractured cheek.

Evans later told police he had been drinking and taking drugs after "going through a hard time". He was jailed for 32 months on Wednesday, July 3 after he was convicted of assault relating to a raid at a shop in Prince of Wales Lane in April.

West Midlands Police said he attacked the same shopkeeper on different days, as well as a member of the public who tried to intervene. He also took a relative's car and crashed it before fleeing the scene.

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In the first incident, Evans tried to leave the Prince of Wales Lane shop without paying for a vape, claiming he would return later to pay. He attacked the shopkeeper as the victim tried to stop him leaving, slapping and punching him in the head seven times.

In the early hours of the following day, Evans was involved in a crash in Auckland Drive, Smith's Wood, where he hit a stationary vehicle before running away. A day later, Evans went back to the shop and again attacked the shopkeeper.

A member of the public tried to intervene, but was punched in the face by Evans, fracturing a cheekbone. Evans was arrested and told officers he "had been going through a hard time" and had been drinking and taking drugs and could not remember the incidents.

Evans pleaded guilty to assault, theft and driving offences and was jailed for 32 months at Birmingham Crown Court. Det Insp Mark Heard 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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