Actor Benedict Cumberbatch playing Sherlock Holmes in the television series Sherlock thwarted an attempted robbery by warding off a gang of street robbers in London. The attack took place near his home on Baker Street.
Cumberbatch and his wife Sophie Hunter rode in an Uber as the 41-year-old actor spotted the attempted robbery on Marylebone High Street and jumped out of the vehicle. Four hijackers attacked a Deliveroo cyclist and tried to steal his bike. According to witnesses, Cumberbatch shouted at the attackers and then dragged them away from the victim.
Uber driver Manuel Dias, 53, told The Sun, "I took Benedict and his wife to a club – but I did not know it was him first."
"I went to Marylebone down High Street and we saw four guys pushing a Delerooo cyclist in. My passenger jumped out, ran and pulled the men away, they turned to look at him and things looked like they were going to get worse, so I stepped in. He stood there and yelled at her screaming in the street, "Leave him alone." "
" Then everything became a bit surreal: here was Sherlock Holmes, the four assailants right around Fought off the corner of Baker Street, "Dias continued. "I had one boy and Benedict another, he seemed to know exactly what he was doing, he was very brave, he did the most to be honest, they tried to beat him, but he defended himself and pushed her away. " He was not hurt. Then I think that they also realized that it was Benedict and ran away.
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After the attackers left, Dias said Cumberbatch asked how the cyclist was. When he said, "I'm fine, Benedict just hugged him."
The Metropolitan Police issued a statement about an incident in November: "One of the men tried to seize the victim's cycle … He was then hit in the face, hit on the head and hit with his helmet."
"Nothing was reported stolen, the victim did not need hospital treatment, and no arrests were made."
Cumberbatch starred in the television series Sherlock since 2010 and starred in the films The Hobbit ; Avengers : Infinity War and The Imitation Game
"The cyclist was lucky, Benedict is a superhero," said Dias. "Benedict was courageous, brave and selfless, and if he had not intervened, the cyclist would have been badly injured."