Murder suspects shown on bikes before 17-year-old stabbed to death

Murder suspects are shown riding bikes minutes before 17-year-old was stabbed to death after he was chased through busy park

  • CCTV images showing five murder suspects on bicycles have been released
  • Detectives are appealing for information to identify the killers of Michael Jonas
  • The 17-year-old was found stabbed to death in Betts Park, south east London
  • Charges against six teenagers over the murder were dropped in January

CCTV footage shows five murder suspects on bicycles just minutes before a teenager was stabbed to death.

Detectives are hunting for the killers of Michael Jonas, 17, who was found stabbed to death in Betts Park, Anerley, south east London.

They are returning to the scene tonight, exactly six months after the murder in November last year, to appeal for more information.

The 17-year-old was chased through the park and was found with multiple stab wounds when he was discovered at 2am. 

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CCTV images show five suspects, pictured is suspect three, on bikes just minutes before Michael Jonas was stabbed to death

Suspect one, left, and suspect two are shown here in stills from CCTV

Paramedics tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem into his death confirmed the cause of death as stab wounds to the chest and haemorrhage.

Charges against six teenagers, aged 14 to 18, over Michael’s murder were dropped in January.

Now police are making a fresh appeal for new information, as well as a £20,000 reward, alongside releasing the CCTV footage and images of five male suspects riding bikes.

One is a black male, riding a BMX style bike with a silver frame and red writing.

Mr Jonas, (left and right) was chased through Betts Park and had multiple stab wounds when he was discovered at 2am

CCTV footage shows five murder suspects on bicycles just minutes before Mr Jonas was stabbed to death

The second suspect is black, and riding a bike with silver coloured handles.

The third suspect is black and riding a black framed bike with a brown saddle and reflector on the wheels.

Suspect four is white and riding a mountain style bike with a rear mud guard and thick black tyres.

The fifth suspect a light skinned black male with a plait hairstyle and riding a black framed bike with silver mud guards. The rear wheel is also described as having a metal frame and a flashing red light at the back.

DCI Richard Leonard from the Metropolitan Police, said: ‘On the evening of Thursday November 2nd, Michael was walking through Betts Park when was chased by a group of males and killed.

‘Today I have released CCTV footage of five male suspects on bikes whom I would like to identify as part of this investigation.

‘Just 20 minutes before Michael’s murder, they were seen on CCTV travelling from McDonalds in Penge to Annerley Way; the road just outside the park where Michael died a short while later.

‘The suspects also match the description provided by individuals who witnessed Michael being chased in the park.

Other images show suspect 4, right, and suspect five, left, on bicycles near to the scene of the murder

‘He was found by officers lying in complete darkness but in a busy park so I’m confident someone out there knows what happened that evening and has vital information that could help us identify those involved in Michael’s death.’

He added: ‘I would like to reassure the public that any information, no matter how small, will be treated in the strictest confidence.

‘Michael was a young man whose life was brutally taken too soon.

‘If you have any information, I urge you to get in touch and help us get justice for Michael.’

Mr Jonas became the 22nd teenager to be murdered in London this year. Earlier today the tally hit 61, when he a man in his 30s was shot dead outside Queensbury Tube station in north west London.

In March the capital’s murder rate overtook New York’s for the first time in history. 

Michael’s father, also called Michael, said: ‘The death of my son Michael Jonas has destroyed my family.

‘Michael was just a boy. He had only just turned 17 when he was taken away from us in the most brutal way.

‘Michael’s siblings are still in shock and I have struggled to explain his death to them.

‘My family and I are still devastated. Please help the police to find those responsible and get justice for Michael.’ 

Anyone with information about this incident should call the incident room on 020 8721 4843 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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