Police are searching for a man who grabbed a woman at a York bus stop.

It happened on Cornlands Road at 10.30am on Thursday (April 12).

The victim, a 32-year-old local woman, was standing at the bus stop.

She was approached by a man on a bicycle who told her to give him a cigarette. He grabbed her by the right forearm and told her to give him her mobile phone.

The First York number 4 bus then arrived and the victim got on. She was uninjured and did not lose any of her property during the incident.

Description issued

At this time no arrests have been made.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We are requesting the public’s assistance to help establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

“In particular, we are appealing for information about the identity of the male suspect.”

The attacker spoke with a local York accent and he was riding a black battered mountain bike. Here is a full description:

Have you seen him?

The suspect is…

white
about 5ft 6in tall
of skinny build
with dark-brown shaggy hair
and a bit of a fringe which didn’t reach his dark eyebrows
a gaunt face which shows his cheekbones
with brown staining on his teeth as if he was a heavy smoker.

He was wearing

a white Superdry jacket
blue jeans which had a rip in them probably on the left knee
and brown leather-style shoes.

A longer view of Cornlands Road. Photograph © Google Street View

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

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

Call North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Andrew Copeland
Or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Email Andrew Copeland here
Quote reference number 12180061935