Woman slashed with knife by cyclist mugger in York park

An aerial view of Rowntree Park, showing the skatepark to the right. Photograph © Bing Maps
20 Jun 2016 @ 11.05 am
| Crime

A woman had her arm slashed by a knife-wielding cyclist in a York park.

The woman was attacked in Rowntree Park on Saturday (June 18).

Between 5.05pm and 5.10pm the woman, aged in her 40s, was walking by herself near the corner of the skate park, on the footpath heading towards the Millennium Bridge.

She was approached from behind by a man riding a cycle.

The man slashed her arm with a knife, causing a 2cm cut. Officers believe he was trying to cut the strap of her purple shoulder bag that was over her right shoulder, but missed.

The attack lasted for a matter of seconds. Nothing was said to the victim and nothing was stolen.

The suspect did not stop and rode off on his bike towards the Millennium Bridge.

Park ‘very busy’

The park was very busy at the time of the incident and officers are appealing to anyone who was in Rowntree Park between 4.45pm and 5.20pm on Saturday to come forward.

Have you seen him?

The suspect is…

slim
with well-groomed, short, dark brown hair.

He was wearing

a black jumper.

Anyone with any information is asked to 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 York Serious Crime Team.
Or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Quote reference number 12160107185