Robber threatens woman with knife before taking mobile phone

Posted on 19th September 2014

A woman was robbed of her mobile phone by a man who threatened her with a knife as she walked along a city centre street.

Police are appealing for information after the incident, which happened in Mercian Way, Derby, near the junction with Forester Street, just after midnight on Thursday, September 18.

The 19-year-old victim was stopped by a man who showed her a knife before demanding she hand over her valuables.

The victim gave her mobile phone – a Sony Xperia X2 – to the offender, who then ran off in the direction of Babington Lane.

He was of mixed race, about 5ft 9in, of slim, athletic build, and wore a light grey zipped hoodie and blue jeans. He spoke with a Derby accent.

Police want witnesses or anyone who might recognise the description of the offender to call them on 101, quoting crime reference 39459/14.

The incident has prompted officers to remind people about personal safety when walking alone at night.

Crime prevention and safety advice includes: 

  • Keep to well-lit areas or roads that are busier with traffic where possible;
  • Stick with a group if you can;
  • Keep your valuables hidden in a pocket or bag, and keep bags under your arm so they cannot be easily snatched;
  • Be aware of your surroundings and consider alternative routes or transport if you feel unsafe;
  • Security mark your valuables on the secure website www.immobilise.com.

Do you need a quick answer to a general question? Then we recommend you visit the national Ask The Police web site.