Article by Lottie O'Neill: An E-fit has been released by police of a man who allegedly tried to rob a mum and her daughter at knife point in Billericay.
The mother was threatened for her jewellery when she was walking with her two-year-old toddler in Lake Meadows park.
The incident happened in broad daylight in the Billericay recreational area.
The public were then warned to remain vigilant as the pair were attacked whilst they walked by the basketball courts at around 3.45pm on Tuesday (March 26) afternoon.
A man approached the mum and demanded her jewellery and when she defended herself and told him 'no', he took out a knife. As this happened, he struck the woman in the hand causing a small cut to her chest.
The woman took to social media to describe her encounter walking through Lake Meadows after picking up her daughter from the child minder. This is when allegedly the man then appeared and demanded her jewellery.
“He repeated himself and I said no!” the woman said in her post online.
“As I went to carry on walking he slapped my beautiful little girl, who is two, around the face. Instinct kicked in, he got a clump and he punched me in the face. Then I saw the knife in his hand and he went to stab me in the chest but I put my hands up and fought back. Thank God I did as the knife sliced through my hand. Thankfully my hand took the brunt of it as the knife wound on my chest is in line with my heart. He then had a go at my stomach but this lady is not going down easy so he very bravely decided to run away towards the Perry Street exit. I am so angry that he hit my defenceless little bumble over what has happened to me.”
The woman also added that she had been left with a black eye and needing stitches to her hand. She also had superficial cuts to her stomach.
Police are now appealing for help in tracing the knife-wielding attacker. They have released an E-Fit to help find the alleged attacker.
The man has been described as being black, 5ft 10ins, aged in his 20s and he had short hair.
He wore dark tracksuit bottoms, a black hoody, a grey t-shirt and black Nike trainers.
He ran off towards Perry Street and the woman was taken to hospital for her injuries.
The attacker's glaring eyes were also described.
Police have made enquiries at the scene.
Detective Sergeant Rachel Anderson, of Basildon CID , said at the time:
“The woman managed to fight her attacker off but is clearly shaken by the ordeal. She is assisting us with our enquiries and getting support from our officers and her family. We know this area is well used by families and dog walkers and we have increased our patrols in this area. We would continue to urge you to go about your daily business but remain vigilant. We would like to hear from anyone with information about a man acting suspiciously in the area before and after this incident. We would also like to hear from anyone with CCTV or dash cam footage."
Anyone with information is asked to call Basildon CID on 101 quoting crime reference 42/47573/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Article by Lottie O'Neill, EssexLive