Devil-faced robber threatens man with knife

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Police are hunting for a devil-faced robber who struck on Halloween in Kempston, threatening a young man at knife-point.

The black man, in his thirties, had his face painted red like a devil and attacked and robbed a man on his way home from work.

Detective Constable Surinder Ram, investigating, said: “At about 9.30pm on October 31 the victim, a young Polish man in his twenties, was cycling home from his shift at a supermarket warehouse along Bedford Road, Kempston.

“He had stopped at traffic lights, with Addison Howard Park on his right hand side, when a man attacked him, pulling him off of his bike and kicking it, damaging it.”

The offender pulled a knife from his pocket and held it to the victim’s throat, demanding his money.

After the victim handed over his wallet the offender took the wallet and also stole the victim’s identity card before running off.

DC Ram said “The attacker is described as a well built, stocky black man in his 30s. He would have stood out even that evening because he had his face painted red like a devil, clearly getting into Halloween mood but not the spirit. He was also wearing a black jacket, possibly black trousers and white Nike trainers.

“Did you see a man in black with red face painted to look like a devil, around the Bedford Road area of Kempston between 9pm and 10pm? Did he attend a party you were holding or come into a shop to buy something? If you know who this is please call me, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.”

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.