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[01 FEB 02] CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS

Robbery At Knifepoint

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A man was robbed at knifepoint as he was sitting in his car at traffic lights in Coventry yesterday.

The incident happened in Red Lane, Foleshill, at the junction with Stoney Stanton Road, at around 11.30pm.

The 23 year old man from the Holbrooks area of Coventry, was driving his green Daewoo Nubira along Red Lane when he stopped at the traffic lights, intending to turn right into Stoney Stanton Road.

While he was waiting at the lights a woman opened the passenger door and sat in the front seat with the door open and produced a 5 inch bladed folding knife. She held it to the man's upper left arm, causing a slight cut, and demanded money.

The attacker took the man's wallet containing about 30 cash and a packet of cigarettes from the centre console, then got out of the car and headed towards some telephone boxes on the opposite side of Stoney Stanton Road.

The man then turned left into Stoney Stanton Road, stopped, got out of his car and attempted to flag down a passing taxi to get help. However, the offender herself jumped into the taxi and it is believed she was taken to the Hillfields area, near to Phoenix House.

The woman is described as white, 5'8", slim, and aged in her late 20s. She has long black, slightly curly hair, and was wearing dark red shiny velvet trousers, a light coloured top, and a dark denim or leather jacket.

Anyone with information should call 0845 113 5000 and ask for officers at Stoney Stanton Road police station.

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