Detectives from the Met’s Flying Squad have released images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a violent attack at a betting shop in which a female victim was bound and stabbed.
At 7am on Wednesday, 16 January, the 57-year-old woman was opening the store on Ealing Road in Brentford.
The suspect barged past the victim and made his way into the store. He then bound her hands using electrical wire, struck her across the face, and demanded that she open the safe – which she could not, due to a timelock.
He remained with the victim for 45 minutes until the safe opened and continued to abuse her. He also stabbed her several times in her right arm.
When the safe unlocked the suspect made off with approximately £400. He was last seen running in towards Brook Road South.
The suspect police are looking for is described as a white man, with dark eyes and slight stubble. He was wearing a black beanie, possibly a grey hooded top – with the hood drawn up – and an orange hi-vis vest.
Detective Constable Kevin Parley, from the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “We want to hear from anyone who knows or recognises this man as soon as possible.
“The victim was subjected to a traumatic ordeal which have, unsurprisingly, left her physically and mentally scared. We need to speak to this man and take him off the streets so that he does not hurt anyone else.”
Anyone who has any information about who this man is or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 020 8785 8655 and quote CAD 2816/16Jan.