Armed police were sent to find a young man who had gone missing for two-and-a-half hours after threatening a person with a knife near a Powys Chinese restaurant, a court has heard.

Brynton Edward Bowen, 21, was 'red dotted' by trained firearms officers deployed from Dyfed-Powys Police and West Mercia Police in Llanymynech on Sunday evening (April 21).

He will be sentenced by a judge at the crown court after he pleaded guilty to possessing a knife in a public place and threatening violence, which resulted in the victim fearing for their safety.

Police received a call at around 6.45pm about a young man making threats with a five-inch blade near the Golden Valley Chinese restaurant near the busy A483 road through the Powys-Shropshire border village.


Prosecutor Helen Tench told Welshpool Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, April 23, that the young man, later identified as Bowen, was shouting that he wanted his bike back.

The court heard that Bowen had become angry and threatened to "smash all your cars up" over an argument about quad and pit bikes.

"The defendant had a machete-style knife," Mrs Tench said. "He didn't get his bike back.

"The defendant was heard saying 'give me my f***ing bike back'."

Bowen was seen making a slicing motion from side-to-side with a "large claw dagger" which was described as a Nazi-style weapon which had a swastika on the handle.

Mrs Tench added that Bowen was seen lunging four to five times with the knife.

County Times: Golden Valley Chinese restaurant in Llanymynech.Golden Valley Chinese restaurant in Llanymynech. (Image: Google Street View)

When police arrived in the village, Bowen was nowhere to be seen. Officers went to his mother's home who said she hadn't seen him for a few hours. Bowen's girlfriend was seen walking near his home, but she initially denied knowing him, the court was told.

Just after 9pm, Bowen came home and the police "red dotted him and successfully detained him", the prosecutor added.

The weapon - which may have been a dagger, machete, or knife - has not been found.

Mrs Tench said: "He had two-and-a-half hours to dispose the item before being detained".

Bowen admitted to police that he pulled the knife to intimidate his victim because he wanted his "f***ing pit bike back" from the "silly tramps".

Bowen added: "I hope it scared him. He shouldn't try assaulting me. It was self-defence."

He told police that he didn't know where the knife was.

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Robert Hanratty, acting on behalf of Bowen, told magistrates: "The person he was in an argument was fully intent on grappling him [Bowen]. The defendant says 'who do you think you are? Bruce Lee?'

"He is a rather vulnerable and immature young man who was very frustrated with this situation. A big chap next door deterred him.

"It was an extremely foolish thing to do. It could have been a tragedy had it escalated to something else."

Magistrates refused bail and Bowen, of Tan y Foel, Llanymynech, was remanded in custody to appear at Mold Crown Court on Thursday, May 16.