Two men have been arrested on Anglesey as part of a double murder inquiry following a raid on a cannabis factory.
Two men died after they were stabbed during a robbery at a house in Brierley Hill, Dudley during the early hours of Thursday morning (20th February).
They were Khuamiah Douglas (19), from the Moseley area of Birmingham, who was pronounced dead at the scene, and Waseem Ramzan (36), who lived near the scene of the raid on Pensnett Road. He died later in hospital.
West Midlands Police say the suspects, aged 21 and 23, were detained at Holyhead port on Saturday morning. They are now being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to rob.
A 19 year-old man is also being held on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to rob.
Detectives believe seven men targeted the house where cannabis was being grown – the group were allegedly confronted as they tried to force entry into the property in what’s thought to be a deliberate attack.
A fight broke out and spilled onto the street where two men suffered stab wounds and a car crashed into nearby vehicles. Witnesses reported the house being attacked, windows broken, and men running away carrying plants during the disorder.
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro, a homicide specialist with West Midlands Police, said: ”These arrests are a significant step forward in our investigation and we’re doing all we can to bring those responsible to justice.”
”People may have witnessed the disorder, people or vehicles leaving the scene, or seen something suspicious. We need them to get in touch as every piece of information, no matter how small, could be crucial.”
”I’d also like to hear from any motorists who were in the area at the time and have dash cam footage as they also may have recorded something important.”
In a brief tribute released via police on Saturday night, the family of Waseem Ramzan said: ”This is a really difficult time for the family and friends…we would appreciate if you could all remember him in your prayers and if possible give to charity in his name. To God we belong and to God we shall return.”
Police started scaling down their cordons around Pensnett Road on Saturday but are still maintaining a presence in the area. Post mortem examinations on both Mr Douglas and Mr Ramzan will be held in due course.
Chief Superintendent Sally Bourner, police commissioner for Dudley, said: ”Our thoughts are with the families of two men who have tragically lost their lives.”
”This is an awful incident and we recognise the wider impact it can have on our communities. But what I would say is that we believe this address was deliberately targeted, it was not a random attack.”