The automotive additionally had the one copy of the couple’s 12-week ultrascound scan (Image: SWNS)
A martial arts trainer mentioned he ‘channeled his Liam Neeson’ to catch the person who stole his pregnant spouse’s automotive and have him arrested
Imran Farooq, 33, spent nearly three days monitoring down the thief with the assistance of pals and social media. As soon as he had recognized him, he chased the person, who was carrying a baseball bat on the time, and restrained him till police arrived.
The martial arts gym-owner mentioned: ‘I don’t imply to massive myself up however I’m a hero. I’m fairly sure if I didn’t catch this soiled little rat he would have critically injured somebody and even killed somebody.
‘I’d simply liken it to Liam Neeson in Taken. It’s like that line “I’ll search for you, I’ll discover you and I’ll kill you.”
‘Clearly I wasn’t going to kill him as a result of why would I need to incriminate myself? However I actually set about getting justice.’
Mr Farooq’s spouse Rachel had her purse, automotive keys and Volkswagen Polo stolen final December. He then known as the police and posted on Fb teams asking for sightings of the lacking automotive, which additionally had the one copy of the couple’s 12-week ultrasound scan.
His spouse Rachel was pregnant and had been signed off work for stress (Image: Imran Farooq / SWNS)
Individuals shortly reported once they had seen the thief driving the automotive throughout Counden, in Coventry, West Midlands.
Mr Farooq mentioned: ‘Apparently the automotive was mounting the pavements. That’s after I determined I used to be going to catch it. I used to be livid. There have been a variety of sentimental issues in there together with our solely copy of the 12-week scan of our daughter.
‘Rachel was pregnant on the time and had already been signed off work for stress so we have been actually fearful about shedding our child woman. Phrase bought round and I had pals phoning me telling me that they had seen it.
‘All the pieces I used to be advised I used to be feeding again to 101. The police have been truly after him on the similar time for driving the automotive recklessly so we have been all on the highway looking for this man.
‘I put a publish on the native Fb teams simply to see on the off probability if somebody had come throughout it and inside minutes I had individuals messaging me saying they nearly bought knocked over by it.’
The daddy-of-three adopted up on the sightings and got here face-to-face with the thief. He described pondering: ‘That’s my freaking spouse’s automotive, I’m going to get you.’
Individuals responded to Imran’s Fb publish and helped him observe down his spouse’s automotive (Image: Imran Farooq / SWNS)
He wished to ‘bounce out and get him’, however the thief noticed him watching and ‘with out trying or something simply reversed the automotive as quick as he might onto a most important highway’.
Mr Farooq tried to observe him, misplaced him and managed to identify him once more however determined it was not secure to try to sustain with him.
He mentioned: ‘I wished to catch him for certain however on the similar time I’m human and don’t need to die. It was like God was giving me an opportunity to catch him and I had screwed it up.’
Mr Farooq then bought his probability the subsequent day when he determined to park and await the person to drive alongside a most important highway he had been noticed on typically. When the thief noticed Mr Farooq’s automotive he spend down the highway and flipped his automotive.
The person who stole the automotive has been jailed (Image: Imran Farooq / SWNS)
He mentioned: ‘I went to see if he was alright however then the soiled little rat crawled out of the window and began coming at me with a baseball bat. He ran off however fortunately I’m effectively educated so I bought him. He was making an attempt to spit and chunk me like a grimy little rat.
‘I grabbed him, sweeped him beneath his ft to get him to the ground then turned him spherical on his entrance.
‘Clearly I train that stuff so it’s second nature. So you’ve got that combined with me desirous to get justice for my household and the group and the very fact he stored slipping by means of my fingers earlier than.
‘I’m a giant man and may deal with myself which is lucky. I had him pinned down and advised passersby to name the police. My adrenaline was by means of the roof.’
The person who stole the automotive, Patrick Cawley, was handed a 12-month sentence for harmful driving, driving with no insurance coverage and driving with out a licence on October 23 at Warwick Crown Court docket. He was not convicted of housebreaking or theft in relation to the incident.
In a separate incident, not associated to Mr Farooq, he was convicted of tried housebreaking, and acquired an 18 month jail sentence, to run consecutively.
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