A man claims he was punched in the face by an “angry mugger” who tried to steal his bag in Hessle.
Raymond Walker said he was leaving work at the Covid-19 test centre in Ferriby Road, Hessle at 6.45pm on Monday, May 31 when a man approached him and punched him.
The attacker allegedly tried to “grapple” bags from Raymond’s shoulder before colleagues came to the 43-year-old’s aid. They tackled the man who then “walked off calmly with his scooter”.
Shortly after, the 21-year-old criminal was arrested by police as he walked towards Hessle Square.
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Humberside Police have confirmed the man remains in their custody on suspicion of attempted robbery.
Raymond, who works in traffic and security at the test centre, said: “I just left work on Ferriby Road and a white youth approached me in broad daylight. He walked four or five yards down the road, turned round and just went for me.
“He popped me in the face and tried to grapple my bags off my shoulder but luckily all staff we’re leaving work.
“They jumped in and stopped him and as soon as they did that he s*** himself and walked off calmly with his scooter.
“I have no idea why he did this, he could have been high or under the influence or he’s just thought someone’s walking home by themselves and has taken a chance.
“He was angry when he came towards me with his demeanour and his body language, I just worried at the time he could have had a blade on him.
“I was frightened at the time but then the adrenaline just kicks in and you stand up to them”.
A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: “We received reports that at approximately 6.45pm yesterday (Monday, May 31), a man pushing an electric scooter attempted to steal another man’s bag, assaulting him in the process, on Ferriby Road, Hessle.
“A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery and remains in our custody at this time. The victim is not believed to have sustained serious injuries.”