Passers-by rush to save hero policeman after Muhammed Rodwan, 56, wielding a large machete slashed him in the head and on his body in a ‘frenzied’ attack as the cop tried to protect himself with his Taser.
Daily Mail (h/t CJB) Graphic pictures posted on Twitter appear to show the injured officer seconds after fighting off the knifeman, on his hands and knees, blood pouring from his face as he stared in shock at the wounds in the hand in which he had held his Taser. A number of onlookers rushed to help.
56-year-old Muhammed Rodwan was charged with attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon. The defendant will appear at Thames Magistrates Court on Friday, August 9, according to a statement from the Metropolitan Police.
The officer was attacked in Leyton High Road just after midnight this morning. Police confirmed the alleged attacker was tasered at the scene before paramedics and fellow officers treated the victim.
In graphic scenes, people were filmed attempting to save the heroic policeman moments after the ‘frenzied’ attack, as officers pinned his attacker to the ground. The officer was injured as he tried to fight off a knifeman with his taser after he stopped a vehicle in east London around midnight.
Quick-thinking citizens can be seen holding up material to the policeman’s head in a desperate attempt to stop the flow of blood.
‘I heard banging and screaming outside so ran to the window and saw the policeman with the stab wounds in the head. ‘It was incredible, he was on the ground but was able to Taser the guy. He was on his hands and knees but was zapping him. What a tough guy, amazing.
‘I think he realised he was bleeding heavily and badly injured so rolled over on to the ground after a while. Then another police car came. The police jumped on the attacker, pinning him down but… he was still screaming and resisting.
‘They had to get their knees on him to stop him wriggling free. There was so much blood on the road. I’m astonished he has survived this.’
Neighbour Shabaz Choudry said: ‘The guy came from the back from his truck and stabbed him in his hand. It was like a sword.’
Another witness described the officer screaming as he was attacked, saying: ‘The guy just launched himself at the cop, hacked at his face completely out of nowhere. I’m in shock.’ Witnesses told how he was slashed three times in the cheek and hands. One 32-year-old woman said the victim was covered in so much blood it ‘looked like he had been scalped’.
Within minutes more than ten officers and paramedics had arrived to help the policeman as he lay motionless, with parts of his uniform cut off and lying on the ground next to him. ‘The first time we saw him moving his leg and speaking to his colleagues was after about five to seven minutes.’ Just a few feet away, three officers held down the knifeman, yelling at him: ‘Stop protesting, be quiet’.
As he fought, one officer was seen struggling to bring the groaning motorist under control before he was led away to a police van.
Elsewhere, a weeping woman officer who witnessed the attack was seen being comforted by a colleague. CCTV from a nearby garage showed how she narrowly avoided injury by swiftly stepping back when the knifeman swung his machete at her colleague.
Last night the officer attacked with the machete was said to be a serious but stable condition as he recovers after surgery at the Royal London Hospital in East London.