Woman feared for life in mugging

Hanna Thomas victim of an attempted robbery in Hemsworth
Hanna Thomas victim of an attempted robbery in Hemsworth

A WOMAN who feared she would be killed by a mugger has praised a mysterious good Samaritan who came to her rescue.

Hanna Thomas, 20, was walking along Cemetery Road, Hemsworth, on Sunday afternoon when a man pushed her to the ground and tried to steal her bag.

As she screamed for help a passer-by came and pulled the thug off her. But he left before she got chance to thank him.

Miss Thomas, of Centre Street, Hemsworth, said: “I thought this is it - I am going to die. I thought he was going to stab me or something.

“I think I would have been kicked to death had it not been for the guy that helped.”

Miss Thomas was walking towards her home at 1.25pm when she spotted a man loitering in the ginnel at the top of Cemetery Road.

She said: “He was really staring at me and when he got shoulder to shoulder with me he went to grab hold of my bag and he missed.

“Then he pulled it from across my chest and I fell down.”

As she screamed the good Samaritan ran over to help.

She said: “He threatened us telling me and the man, he said he was going to kill us both. Then they were having an argument between themselves and they both legged it in opposite directions.”

Miss Thomas, a carer at Hemsworth Park Care Centre, is too scared to leave her house alone and warned other women to be on their guard.

She said: “If this happened to me in the middle of the day who knows what else could happen.”

The suspect is described as a white man, in his late 30s, slim and between five feet, seven inches and five feet, 11 inches tall with sunken cheeks and black hair.

Det Insp Paul Harrison, of Wakefield CID, said: “This was an unusual incident for Hemsworth which has left the 20-year-old victim understandably shocked.

“She has provided us with a good description of the suspect who was walking a scruffy brown, black and white dog, which was not on a lead and we are keen to speak to anyone who may know this man. We would also like to speak to the man who stopped to assist the victim but did not stop at the scene as he may well have information which can help us catch the suspect in this case.”

Anyone with any information can call Wakefield CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.