Case: Stabbed in Tooting: Lewis Elwin
Lewis Elwin
Case unsolved
Status: Unsolved
Categories: Uncategorised
Case synopsis:

Lewis Elwin, 20, was stabbed to death near a primary school in Tooting on 18 April 2016.

The trainee electrician collapsed in Penwortham Road near the junction with Thrale Road and police and paramedics were called at around 3.47pm.

Mr Elwin, who lived in the Wandsworth area, was pronounced dead at the scene. A postmortem gave the case of death as a stab wound to the chest.

The murder remains unsolved and the Metropolitan Police are offering a £20,000 reward for information.

Detectives continue to appeal for information about a silver five-door Peugeot 307 registration KP03 ZTD seen in the area at the time of the murder.

The Peugot, which had been sold to new owners on 9 March 2016, was found abandoned and burnt out in Putney Park Lane five hours later at 9pm.


On the day he died Lewis was wearing a black jacket with a fur lined hood, blue jeans and black Nike trainers with silver spots. He was carrying a black bag with a Nike logo and a long shoulder strap.

He was dropped off in Moyser Road, at the junction with Ribblesdale Road, and was seen walking towards Mitcham Lane at about 3.30pm.

While Lewis was in Moyser Road, he called a friend at 3.36pm and they made arrangements to meet. Minutes later he was stabbed once in the chest.

At 3.40pm, Lewis was seen struggling to run along Penwortham Road from the direction of Moyser Road towards Thrale Road.

He collapsed at the bottom of Penwortham Road near the junction with Thrale Road at 3.41pm.

On 19 April 2017 detectives also appealed for help from parents and carers of pupils at the nearby Penwortham Primary School as the attack happened when the street would have been busy with people picking up children.

Detective Inspector Will Reynolds, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "We believe this vehicle is connected to Lewis's murder and are appealing for anyone with knowledge of it and in particular who was inside it that day to come forward. We need to find out who was using it at the time, where it was before the murder and where it went afterwards before finally being burnt out.

"We also urgently need to speak to people picking up their children at Penwortham Primary School as we know pupils would have been leaving with their parents or carers around the time of the attack at 3.30-3.40pm.

"If you were in Penwortham Road and Moyser Road at the time and saw something please contact us. Lewis was only stabbed once and it may be what you saw didn't appear to be a stabbing but a punch or a push. Please come forward and tell us if you saw something odd or suspicious.

"We are now offering a substantial financial reward of £20,000 as part of our efforts to progress this case. Someone out there might have what they think is an insignificant bit of information that could actually prove the key to piecing together what happened. Please help us to bring to justice whoever is responsible for this terrible crime."

Byron, one of Lewis' elder brothers, added: "Lewis having his life cut short in this terrible manner devastated our family and deprived us of a much loved brother, son and uncle. A year later, we still miss him terribly and we are all still suffering from the lasting knock-on effects this has caused. Please help the police to find out who did this and get justice for Lewis - please come forward."

Anyone with information can speak to officers at the incident room at Sutton on 0208 721 4005 or alternatively they can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Two 19-year-old men were arrested on suspicion of murder in May 2016 but were later released with no further action.

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