As today marks three-weeks since the fatal stabbing of 22-year-old father of three Jarvin Blake, detectives have released CCTV footage showing Jarvin just hours before his death, and are appealing to the local community of Burngreave to please make contact if they remember seeing him in the area that day.
Jarvin was stabbed on Catherine Street, at the junction with Brackley Street, at around 3pm on Thursday, 8 March. He was with his friend, a 23-year-old man, who was also assaulted before the suspects fled the scene. Jarvin was taken to hospital but died shortly after arrival as a result of his injuries.
Just moments before the attack, it is now believed that a blue metallic coloured Volvo pulled up on Catherine Street, as Senior Investigating Officer, DCI Steve Handley, explains: “We know the car pulled up and was on the Street for a few minutes before leaving the area, heading towards Longley, after the stabbing had occurred.
“In addition to appealing to anyone who believes they may have seen Jarvin that day from the CCTV footage and may have information, I’d also like to hear from anyone who may have seen this car in the area, either before or after the attack on Jarvin.
“I understand that calling the police can be an uncomfortable prospect for some, however we have set up a dedicated incident room contact number where you can speak to a member of my team directly, and there’s also the option to call Crimestoppers where you can pass information on completely anonymously.
“We are absolutely determined to find out what happened to Jarvin and provide his family with the answers they deserve, so I’d urge anyone yet to come forward to please make contact.”
The CCTV footage released shows Jarvin at around 11.30am on Thursday, 8 March, in the Handsworth area, in the clothes he was wearing just hours before he was attacked.
Four men, aged 24, 25, and two 26-year-old's, have been arrested in connection with Jarvin’s murder and all remain on bail pending further enquiries.
DCI Steve Handley continued: “I want to assure the public that we are working hard to progress every line of enquiry that comes into our incident room.
“This remains an incredibly active, fast-moving investigation and we continue to seek out any information, no matter how small, to help us understand what happened in Burngreave that afternoon.
“A series of warrants have been executed by officers over the last couple of weeks across Sheffield and Rotherham in connection to the incident as well as various other enquiries.
“Please, if you are a witness in any way, whether in just seeing Jarvin or the blue Volvo that day, or if you live, work or travel through the Burngreave area, get in touch with us so we can hold those responsible to account for taking a young man’s life and leaving three children to grow up without their father.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room on 01709 443528, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.