Knifeman ‘using nature trail’ to target women

[from Hornsey and Crouch End Journal]

Knifeman ‘using nature trail’ to target women
17 September 2008

A KNIFE-wielding robber might be using Parkland Walk to move unchecked through Haringey, say police, after a series of terrifying night-time strikes on lone women.

Officers have linked six robberies in the space of 14 days to one suspect, and all have taken place within a few minutes’ walk of the nature trail, which runs between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace.

The first victim, a woman in her 30s, had a knife held to her neck as the suspect demanded she hand over her bag. The man struck from behind as she walked along Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill, at 10.50pm on Tuesday, September 2, say police. She received a minor cut to her neck, and the robber made off towards Connaught Gardens.

Five days later at 1.05am on Sunday, September 7, a 50-year-old woman walking in Woodland Rise, Muswell Hill, was also approached from behind by a man aggressively demanding she hand over her bag. He made off with it towards Cranley Gardens, and the victim escaped uninjured.

Last Wednesday, at 10pm, a man grabbed a bag from a woman in her 40s in Hornsey’s Park Avenue North, having again approached from behind. After a brief struggle he made off towards Alexandra Park.

The mystery robber struck again three nights later on Saturday – in Highgate’s Crescent Road at 8.40pm and again on a woman using a phone box in Upper Tollington Park, Stroud Green, at 10.30pm.

Both victims were lone women in their 20s, approached by a knife-wielding man who demanded they hand over their bags.

A sixth robbery against another woman in her 20s took place in Crescent Road, Crouch End, on Tuesday at about 8.10pm, when a knife-wielding man grabbed the victim’s bag before escaping towards Crouch End Hill.

A police spokeswoman said: “The robberies under investigation are all around the Parkland Walk area, so it is quite possible that the suspect is using Parkland Walk as a route.”

Detective Sergeant Noel Stoddart of Haringey’s Robbery Squad said: “We are now investigating six robberies in the west of the borough against lone females. Additional police patrols have been tasked to the areas and we are doing everything we can to find the man responsible for these offences.”

The suspect is described as a black man aged about 30, of slim to medium build with a bad complexion.

A 21-year-old man who was arrested on Crouch End Hill on Monday on suspicion of robbery has been bailed to return to a North London police station on October 22 pending further inquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Stoddart on 020 8345 0885, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

[from The London Daily News]

Haringey serial knife mugger strikes again

Cops are on high alert after three more knife point robberies at the hands of a serial Haringey mugger.

Plain clothes officers, helicopters and search dogs are now hunting the dangerous man who has held up nine women in three weeks.

The black man in his 30s has been targeting lone women across the west of the borough since the beginning of the month – jumping out from behind bushes and trees then holding a knife to their throats in the terrifying attacks.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday attacks

The latest attacks occurred at the weekend around 10pm.

Thursday evening a woman in her 20s was on her phone in Granville Road, Stroud Green, when the man appeared from behind a tree with a knife, and robbed her.

The next night a woman in her 30s was on Florence Road when a man jumped out from behind a bush and held a knife to her throat, stealing her bag and escaping down Parkland Walk.

On Saturday a woman in her 20s, was followed along Connaught Gardens in Muswell Hill, scared he had a weapon, she handed over her bag and he fled towards Queens Wood.
Women warned

Detective Sergeant Noel Stoddart of Haringey’s robbery squad told people to “remain vigilant” and said the suspect descriptions are very similar. He urged people:

“…to be alert to their surroundings, travel with friends if possible and keep to well lit areas.”
Other attacks

The other attacks follow the same pattern. Last week, a woman in her 20s was set upon and threatened with a blade in Crescent Road, Crouch End, shortly after 8pm.

Two muggings on September 13 were just a few hours apart in Upper Tollington Park, Stroud Green, and Crescent Road, Highgate. Both women in their 20s were threatened with a knife.
First victim

The attacks started on September 2 when a woman in her 30s, was injured when the suspect held a knife to her throat in Onslow Gardens, Muswell Hill around 11pm.

Just five days later a 50-year-old woman was mugged two roads away in Woodland Rise.

On September 10 the suspect struck again in Muswell Hill, on Park Avenue North at 10pm, targeting a woman in her 40s before making off with her bag.


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