Rob­ber left his vic­tim half naked in the woods

MAN WHO MET FOR SEX AT NORTHWOOD REC ‘EX­TREMELY DIS­TRESSED’ BY KNIFEPOINT THREAT AND ROB­BERY

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The sus­pect spent hours gain­ing his vic­tim’s trust so he could leave him in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion Det Con Jes­sica Allen

A MAN lured to a wooded area of west Lon­don for sex was left “ex­tremely dis­tressed” af­ter he was robbed of his be­long­ings and clothes at knifepoint.

The two men had been chat­ting on­line and ar­ranged to meet at Northwood Recre­ation Ground in Hilling­don dur­ing the early hours of July 18.

They spent a num­ber of hours talk­ing and walk­ing around the grounds be­fore mak­ing their way to the wooded area be­hind the recre­ation ground where they sat on a bench.

The sus­pect, aged in his mid-20s, then took the vic­tim into the woods where they en­gaged in “con­sen­sual sex­ual ac­tiv­ity”, said the Metropoli­tan Po­lice . But when the vic­tim, who is aged in his 50s, was semi-naked, the sus­pect said: “Do you want to see my knife?” be­fore tak­ing his clothes and be­long­ings and run­ning off. De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Jes­sica Allen from Hilling­don CID said: “The sus­pect spent hours gain­ing his vic­tim’s trust so he could leave him in a vul­ner­a­ble po­si­tion mak­ing it eas­ier to rob him. “The vic­tim feared for his safety dur­ing the in­ci­dent, which has left him ex­tremely dis­tressed. We are keen to speak to the man pic­tured in the CCTV about the in­ci­dent. “If any­one recog­nises him, or has any in­for­ma­tion about the rob­bery, I would urge them to con­tact us as soon as pos­si­ble.” The sus­pect pulled out a small multi-tool, took out the small knife blade and pointed it at the vic­tim be­fore pick­ing up his trousers, and one of his shoes, and mak­ing a swift get­away.

The vic­tim had sev­eral per­sonal items in his trousers, in­clud­ing bank cards, cash and a mo­bile phone. He tried to chase the sus­pect but the man man­aged to es­cape.

De­tec­tives have now is­sued a CCTV still of a man they would like to speak to fol­low­ing the rob­bery, which took place at around 8am fol­low­ing their 3am meet.

The CCTV im­age came from a lo­cal shop, where an at­tempt was made to use the vic­tim’s bank card.

The man in the CCTV is de­scribed as white, aged in his mid-20s, with short dark brown hair, with a trimmed beard and goa­tee.

Any­one who recog­nises the man in the CCTV, or any­one with in­for­ma­tion, should call Hilling­don CID on 020 8246 1791 or 101 or Tweet @ MetCC. In­for­ma­tion can also be re­ported anony­mously to Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 or on­line at crimestop­pers-uk.org.

IM­AGE: METROPOLI­TAN PO­LICE

Po­lice would like to speak to this man in con­nec­tion with the rob­bery at Northwood Rec

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