Police are asking for the public’s help to find a suspect in a knifepoint robbery.
The incident happened on Thursday January 5 at around 8pm in an alleyway near the Morrisons supermarket, Dickens Place, which leads onto Nickleby Road, Chelmsford.
A 37-year-old woman was walking away from Morrisons when she was approached from behind by a man who then held a knife to her neck area. He stole her purse and cash and afterwards walked down Madeline Place.
The victim’s purse – which we believe may have been discarded nearby – is brown and the make is Radley.
The suspect is described as a white man in his early thirties, 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build, with dark hair and stubble.
He was wearing a black puffed jacket with light brown fur and white trainers. He was loitering in front of the Morrisons store around the time of the robbery.
Detectives are also appealing for a woman who was walking with a blond girl aged around seven years old along the alleyway at the same time as the victim to come forward. We believe she will have seen the suspect walking along the alleyway behind the victim.