Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following a knifepoint robbery in Kensington and Chelsea.
At around 03:00hrs on Sunday, 22 July, the victim – a 21-year-old man – was walking along Harrow Road, at the junction with Great Western Street, W9, when he noticed a male on a red Santander hire bike cycling towards him.
The male followed the victim down Great Western Street and asked the victim a few questions about himself, before showing the handle of a knife he was carrying in his waistband.
The victim ran away into Meanwhile Gardens on Elkstone Road, W10, but the suspect followed.
When the suspect caught up with him, he pushed the victim up against the railings of the park and held the knife to the victim’s neck before stealing his iPhone 5s mobile phone, Samsung hard-drive and £20 in cash.
The victim sustained minor injuries – scratches to his neck from the knife – and attended a north London hospital. He was discharged later that morning.
The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 11ins in height, aged around 19 years with short brown hair. He was clean-shaven and was wearing a white, round-neck t-shirt.
Detective Constable Siobhan Bradley, from Kensington and Chelsea CID, said: “This is a serious incident in which the victim has sustained injuries as a result. We urge anyone who was in the area at the time and may have vital information to get in touch.
“It is believed that two members of the public walked past as the victim was being robbed. We are particularly keen to speak to these individuals as they may have important information which could assist our investigation. The victim, who feared for his life, didn’t call for help during the robbery as he didn’t want to further aggravate the suspect.
“We are also keen to speak with a taxi driver who drove the victim home from the hospital and told him he had seen someone matching the suspect’s description on the night of the incident.”
If you have any information, or were in the area at the time, please contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC.
Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org