Student hero beaten after halting Plymouth robbery bid
ROBBERS viciously attacked a student who bravely went to the aid of a young woman they were attempting to mug.
Police have launched a hunt for the two men and one woman who carried out the failed robbery in the early hours of Sunday.
Police said the 20-year-old female victim had been left very shaken up by the incident while the university student who went to her rescue suffered severe bruising and swelling around his face, including a black eye.
The young woman was on her way home from work, walking along Beaumont Road in St Judes, at around 3.30am on Sunday when she was approached by the suspects. The two men shoved her up against a wall, close to the roundabout junction of Beaumont Road and Greenbank Avenue, and began to rifle through her handbag, grabbing at her phone.
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She began to scream "get off me" and "please help", alerting a 21-year-old university student who happened to be nearby. He raced over to the scene and began to force them off her, but was instantly attacked by the thugs.
Despite being hit around the head several times, he gave chase as they fled the area. At one stage, as they ran along Knighton Road, they turned on him again, striking him several times around the head, but he continued his pursuit as far as Tothill Park where they made good their escape.
He returned to the young woman and waited with her as police were called.
The female suspect was described as short and in her early 20s while the two men were both white, slim, in their mid-20s to mid-30s. One had short dark hair while the other had short fair hair.
Lead investigator Det Con Nick Bloom said he was very keen to hear from anyone who may have been in the area and had seen either the initial attempted robbery, or the attacks on the student.
He said: "The young woman was very shaken up by the experience and when I spoke to her she was still a bag of nerves. She had been working late and was on her way home when she was grabbed. While the woman in the group did not take part in the attempted robbery or the violent assault, she stood nearby and knows the offenders.
"Without the assistance of the young man who showed incredible bravery, not only in stopping the robbery, but also giving chase for as long as he could, despite being physically assaulted, it is very likely they would have escaped with her handbag and contents.
"It's clear by the actions of the suspects that they have absolutely no hesitation in resorting to violence and we need the public's help in getting these people off the streets as soon as possible."
If you can assist police, contact them on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/12/10939.