HEROES TAKE DOWN CYCLIST WHO WAS ARMED WITH A TERRIFYING HUNTING KNIFE IN THE CITY CENTRE
BRAVE members of the public tackled a man caught with a “highly dangerous” hunting knife as he fled from police in Cardiff city centre.
Muaz Tarafdar, 20, was caught on camera as he fled on a bike from officers in a busy Castle Street at lunchtime on Sunday.
After cycling through traffic lights near the Angel Hotel heading towards Cardiff Castle bystanders realised he was being chased by the police and attempted to stop him.
A video of the incident showed one man wearing a blue jacket racing over to him and knocking him off his bike. Tarafdar fell into the road before scrambling to his feet.
Tarafdar then started to head towards Westgate Street on foot, with members of the public in pursuit.
But another man crossing the road at the time heroically managed to take him out with his feet – leaving Tarafdar on his back in the middle of the road again.
He was then arrested by officers from South Wales Police.
At Cardiff Magistrates’ Court yesterday, just 24 hours after the incident, Tarafdar pleaded guilty to the possession of a knife blade or sharp article in a public place.
During sentencing the court heard a 999 call was initially made following an altercation outside the Mercure Hotel in Newport Road.
A man matching Tarafdar’s description was subsequently spotted on CCTV and he was pursued by police before finally being apprehended.
The terrifying hunting knife was found in his backpack in its sheath.
Defence solicitor Nia James told the court Tarafdar had a “significant difficulty with cannabis” and uses “a joint a day”.
She added he also used crack cocaine, often spending £10 a day on the drug.
Unemployed Tarafdar’s most recent job saw him working in various roles in restaurants two months ago, the court heard.
He was said to have no fixed address but regularly relied on friends to put him up.
Tarafdar, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six months in prison and ordered to pay a £115 surcharge.
District Judge Bodfan Jenkins told him during sentencing that he had no choice but to impose the most severe sentence on him because of high rates of knife crime in the country.
He said: “You had in your possession a particularly, if not highly, dangerous weapon in very dangerous circumstances. In the circumstances of the case this clearly crosses the custody threshold. There can be no reason for suspending the sentence.”
The moment Muaz Tarafdar, below left, who was brandishing a large knife, below right, was taken down by members of the public in Cardiff city centre