A man jumped on the bonnet of a car at a York junction and attempted to steal it from the woman driver at knifepoint.

The incident happened around Chapelfields Road and Ridgeway in Acomb, between 9.45pm and 10.15pm last Thursday (25 July).

The suspect jumped onto the bonnet of the victim’s car when it had stopped at the junction.


The 22-year-old woman driver got out of the car and the suspect pulled out a knife and threatened her, telling her to give him her car or he would tell people she had run him over.

A man driving a silver car came to her assistance and the suspect ran off along Ridgeway towards the direction of St Aiden’s Church.

Although not physically injured, the woman was badly shaken by her ordeal.

Appealing for help

Officers are appealing to the man who came to victim’s aid and his woman passenger to come forward as they may have vital information about the suspect.

They would also like to hear from anyone else who was in the area at the time and saw the incident or saw a man running along Ridgeway around the time of the incident.

They would also like to hear from anyone who may have dash-cam footage of the incident or the suspect.


The suspect is described as

  • white
  • around 23-30 years old
  • 5ft 7in
  • of skinny build
  • with a thin face
  • clean shaven
  • with dark eyebrows
  • and he spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a black hooded top and dark coloured trousers.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation should contact North Yorkshire Police.

north-yorkshire-police-logo-25How to help the police

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Dave Marsden
Contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via the website
Email Dave Marsden here
Quote reference number 12190135830