Man tried to rob woman driver at knifepoint in Brighton

First published in News by , Crime reporter

A man tried to rob a woman driver at knifepoint.

The 40-year-old victim was driving north in Wilson Avenue, Brighton, when she had to stop at a red traffic light at the junction with Warren Road at about 1am on Saturday.

While the car was stationary a man opened the front passenger door of the blue Ford C-Max, leaned in and threatened the woman with a small knife.

The woman said she did not have anything to steal so the robber closed the door and escaped. The victim drove home and then called police.

The man was white, about 18 or 19 and slim.

He was wearing a dark hooded top with the hood pulled over covering his face.

Detective Constable Katy Hartley said: "The victim has been left very shaken by what has happened to her but has managed to give us a partial description of the offender which will hopefully stick in the mind of someone.

"This must have been a terrifying ordeal for her and I am keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time and could help us catch the man responsible."

Call Sussex Police on 101.

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6:44pm Tue 25 Feb 14

scuba1 says...

Poor woman she must have been petrified , hope this vile creature is caught Soon , I will be advising friends and family to lock all the doors when driving anywhere .
Poor woman she must have been petrified , hope this vile creature is caught Soon , I will be advising friends and family to lock all the doors when driving anywhere . scuba1
  • Score: 17

7:20am Wed 26 Feb 14

Martin999 says...

She must be the only person in Brighton that doesn't have a mobile phone.
She must be the only person in Brighton that doesn't have a mobile phone. Martin999
  • Score: -6

8:48am Wed 26 Feb 14

monkeymoo says...

Scary thing to happen.....
...Totally preventable!

A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else.
Scary thing to happen..... ...Totally preventable! A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else. monkeymoo
  • Score: 4

9:27am Wed 26 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

Are there travellers at the top of Wilson Ave?, or have Argus readers got to do the polices' job again
Are there travellers at the top of Wilson Ave?, or have Argus readers got to do the polices' job again ThinkBrighton
  • Score: 12

10:40am Wed 26 Feb 14

Juleyanne says...

Such hideous events used to be rare. It seems violence and robbery at knifepoint are becoming quite common, which is quite worrying!
Such hideous events used to be rare. It seems violence and robbery at knifepoint are becoming quite common, which is quite worrying! Juleyanne
  • Score: 9

11:32am Wed 26 Feb 14

Jonny Harris says...

Yet another reason to give Brighton a wide berth!
Yet another reason to give Brighton a wide berth! Jonny Harris
  • Score: 0

5:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

mrpurplestorm says...

Jonny Harris wrote:
Yet another reason to give Brighton a wide berth!
you won't be missed
[quote][p][bold]Jonny Harris[/bold] wrote: Yet another reason to give Brighton a wide berth![/p][/quote]you won't be missed mrpurplestorm
  • Score: -2

6:16pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tez1959 says...

should have driven off when the lights were red providing it was safe to do so and with a bit of luck with him under the wheels little scumbag if youre a lady or anyone driving on your own push the central locking button internally you will feel a bit safer knowing they cannot open your door from the outside
should have driven off when the lights were red providing it was safe to do so and with a bit of luck with him under the wheels little scumbag if youre a lady or anyone driving on your own push the central locking button internally you will feel a bit safer knowing they cannot open your door from the outside tez1959
  • Score: 0

6:50pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Sir Prised says...

Juleyanne wrote:
Such hideous events used to be rare. It seems violence and robbery at knifepoint are becoming quite common, which is quite worrying!
Crime is going down, don't you know !!! Anyone reading their local paper knows this simply isn't true. There are now daily events unheard of just a couple of decades ago and the problem is sentencing. The little scroats know they will only get a slap on the wrist. We need three strikes and you're out.
[quote][p][bold]Juleyanne[/bold] wrote: Such hideous events used to be rare. It seems violence and robbery at knifepoint are becoming quite common, which is quite worrying![/p][/quote]Crime is going down, don't you know !!! Anyone reading their local paper knows this simply isn't true. There are now daily events unheard of just a couple of decades ago and the problem is sentencing. The little scroats know they will only get a slap on the wrist. We need three strikes and you're out. Sir Prised
  • Score: 0

9:47pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Levent says...

monkeymoo wrote:
Scary thing to happen.....
...Totally preventable!

A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else.
Locked doors also cost lives when involved in accidents and no one can get the doors open. More chance of accidents than getting robbed!
[quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: Scary thing to happen..... ...Totally preventable! A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else.[/p][/quote]Locked doors also cost lives when involved in accidents and no one can get the doors open. More chance of accidents than getting robbed! Levent
  • Score: -1

4:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

monkeymoo says...

Levent wrote:
monkeymoo wrote:
Scary thing to happen.....
...Totally preventable!

A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else.
Locked doors also cost lives when involved in accidents and no one can get the doors open. More chance of accidents than getting robbed!
Just to let you know... You are completely WRONG!

Locked doors do not cost lives in accidents.

Emergency services have special equipment to cut vehicles apart as if they were butter.
If a member of public felt they needed to open a door in an accident (to save a life) then i'm sure they would have the brains to smash a window, and pop the lock!

Perhaps you could back up your claim with some statistics where people have lost their lives due to a door being locked?

...Didn't think so!
[quote][p][bold]Levent[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]monkeymoo[/bold] wrote: Scary thing to happen..... ...Totally preventable! A simple act can save your life.... once in the vehicle, immediately LOCK THE DOORS, before doing anything else.[/p][/quote]Locked doors also cost lives when involved in accidents and no one can get the doors open. More chance of accidents than getting robbed![/p][/quote]Just to let you know... You are completely WRONG! Locked doors do not cost lives in accidents. Emergency services have special equipment to cut vehicles apart as if they were butter. If a member of public felt they needed to open a door in an accident (to save a life) then i'm sure they would have the brains to smash a window, and pop the lock! Perhaps you could back up your claim with some statistics where people have lost their lives due to a door being locked? ...Didn't think so! monkeymoo
  • Score: 1

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