Robbers Try To Gouge Victim's Eyes

18 April 2013, 11:08 | Updated: 18 April 2013, 11:22

Detectives in Luton are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 25 year old man was seriously assaulted and robbed on the morning of Sunday 14th April.

It happened at around 6.45am after the man had finished work and was walking home along Waldeck Road in Luton. As the victim passed a group three people – two men and a woman – one of the men asked if he had a lighter. The victim handed one over and continued walking along the road.

As the victim reached the junction of Waldeck Road and Cromwell Road, he was approached by the group again, this time asking for some change. When the victim refused, one of the group asked to use his mobile phone and again the victim refused but he did agree to make a call for them. As he dialled a number, the victim was punched several times by the two men and one of the offenders tried to gouge his eyes. The offenders then snatched the victim’s phone and fled over a fence towards Brook Street.

The victim was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital by ambulance and received treatment for injuries to his eye as well as a double fracture of the jaw.

Detective Constable Dave Brecknock, who is investigating the incident, is keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the attack or seen the offenders in the area either before or after the robbery.

The first offender was a white male, in his late 20s or early 30s and around six feet two inches tall. The second offender was a black male, in his mid 20s and around six feet tall. The third offender was a white female, aged between 25 and 30, around five feet seven inches tall, slim and wearing a white top.

DC Brecknock said: “This was an extremely violent assault and robbery which has left the victim with some very nasty injuries. I’d urge anyone who may have seen the offenders to get in contact with us as quickly as possible so we can stop them causing any more harm to residents in the town.”