Gunman Robs From Wimbledon Passers-By

One robbery victim was a 14-year-old girl

Police are appealing for information after a robber wielding a gun stole a phone from a teenage girl in Wimbledon.

Minutes later, a 21-year-old victim was robbed of his wallet after he was also threatened by a man with a handgun.

The first robbery took place in Chase Alley which runs between Merton Hall Road and Kingston Road in Wimbledon Chase at around 8.40pm on Thursday (December 27). The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was robbed of her mobile phone.

The second robbery occurred minutes later on Kingston Road. On both occasions the victims were threatened with a black handgun before the suspect ran off in the direction of South Wimbledon.

He is described as a light-skinned black man, possibly mixed race, around 5'7" or 5'8" in
height and with stubble. He was wearing a hooded top with a black and red Puffa type jacket
over the top of it.

A white male was seen by one of the victims of one of the robberies to cycle past them in Chase Alley. This person is not believed to be connected to the robbery, but may be able to provide vital information and is asked to contact police.

DCI Tracey Stevens of Merton CID said: "These were two particularly traumatic robberies that
took place shortly after Christmas involving very young victims. I ask anyone who has information that can assist in identifying this male to come forward and speak to police to prevent him from committing further crimes".

Anyone with information should call Merton CID on 020 8649 4072 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555

  • A suspect was taken into custody on Sunday (December 30). Police said inquiries were "ongoing".

January 2, 2012