Police plea after woman threatened in car heist in Swansea
POLICE are hunting for a knife-wielding robber who jumped into a woman’s car, threatened her, and demanded she drive off.
The victim bravely stood up to the armed attacker, who then grabbed her handbag and fled.
Detectives say the 38-year-old driver was “badly shaken up” by the ordeal, and they are urging anyone with information about the terrifying robbery to come forward.
It is understood the victim had just collected a takeaway from a nearby Chinese restaurant when she was set upon. The attack happened on Walter Road in Swansea, and officers have released a description of man they want to question — he was last seen running away down George Street towards St Helen’s Road.
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Detective Sergeant Steve Daniels, of Swansea Central CID, appealed to people to help catch the culprit.
He said: “The lady involved was not hurt during the incident, but was badly shaken up. I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity and who saw the incident, or who has any relevant information, to come forward.”
The attack happened near the New Goldfinch takeaway on Walter Road around 8.40pm on Tuesday prompting a major police response, including from an armed unit.
The victim had just returned to her Ford Ka car when the attacker opened the passenger door and got in beside her. Police say he threatened her with a knife and demanded she drive away — when she refused he grabbed a cream coloured handbag from the footwell of the vehicle and made off.
However, the bag was empty.
Police say the attacker ran along Walter Road to the Royal Bank of Scotland branch before turning down George Street.
Officers have released a description of a man they want to talk to in connection with the incident.
He is described as 5ft 8in and of a slim build, wearing a dark hooded top or coat, and light-coloured stone-washed jeans.
Police are urging anyone with information about what happened to come forward.
Call South Wales Police in Swansea on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111