A man was assaulted and robbed of his mobile phone outside a supermarket in Kingsbury Circle last week.
The incident happened at around 9:20pm on Wednesday, November 15 outside Tesco Express in Kingsbury.
The victim shared the story exclusively with Harrow Online. Describing the incident, they said, “On Wednesday around 9 pm, I went to the cash machine from Tesco at Kingsbury Circle. I tried to take out £20, and even though I could hear the cash machine preparing the money, they didn’t come out.”
Aware of a scam involving a deceptive mechanism hindering cash withdrawal, the victim attempted to address the issue. Recalling the situation, they explained, “I know that there is a scam around with a little door, so to speak, that blocks the money from coming out, and I’ve tried to open it, but no luck.” Then a woman with a pushchair, allegedly approached and enquired about the incident. The victim said, “By the time I got around to mention anything, she asked me if the money hadn’t come out. I said yes, and she asked if she could also try.”
While giving her privacy, the victim observed the woman’s attempt, noting, “They did come out this time, and on top of the £10, there was a £20, so I asked her if my money also came out, but she ignored me.” Despite choosing not to insist or appear rude, the victim recounted, “After a few seconds, I thought maybe she just didn’t hear me, so I went after her, just tapped on her shoulder, apologised, and asked her again if by any chance my money also came out at the same time with hers.”
The situation escalated unexpectedly when the woman allegedly accused the victim of scaring her and being abusive. Describing the confrontation, the victim shared, “She started screaming that I’ve scared her and I was abusive, so I just thought there was no point and left.” As the victim walked away, the woman made a call, possibly to police, leading to a concerning turn of events. The victim recalled, “While this was happening, she called someone and was walking after me (I was thinking she called the police, and my first thought was that I’ve done nothing wrong, so there is no reason for me to run).”
Upon returning to Tesco’s car park, the situation took a violent turn as two individuals allegedly attempted to force the victim into their van. “A few seconds later, when I got back to Tesco’s car park, 2 chaps tried to push me in their van, but I’ve managed to get myself out of their hands. That’s when one of them punched me in the face, and I fell down. They took my phone and continued beating me.” Despite the assault, the victim managed to escape and reported the incident to the police, necessitating a hospital visit.
He added, “I just wanted to make everyone aware of this scam and ask you all to take care out there, not to go in the evening to take money out anymore.”
A spokesperson for Met Police told Harrow Online: “Police were called at approximately 21:20hrs on Wednesday, 15 November to reports of a personal robbery in Harrow.
“A man reported that he had been robbed of his phone and cash outside a supermarket in Kingsbury Circle, Harrow around 20 minutes earlier. He was also assaulted but not seriously hurt.”
No arrests have been made in connection with the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or ‘X’ @MetCC and quote CAD7573/15Nov. You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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