Knifepoint robbery terror for Wrexham student

Published date: 16 January 2014 |
Published by: Nathan Rowden
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A STUDENT robbed at knifepoint on his way home in the early hours has said the experience was “terrifying”.

German student Josef Stucker was walking home along Chapel Street in Wrexham after spending the evening at his friends house in Talbot Street celebrating the end of a hard exam.

But on his way home to Brook Street at about 1am yesterday morning, two men held a knife to his throat and robbed him of his wallet which contained £80, his house key and his passport.

The electrical engineer student at Glyndwr University, said: “I was walking down Chapel Street and could see two guys against a wall in the dark.

“I walked past them and one of them had the knife hidden behind his back.

“He then came up to me and waved it close to my throat just centimetres away.

“He told me to give them all of my money.”

Thinking quickly Mr Stucker, 24, threw his wallet across the street.

“They went looking for the wallet and it gave me the chance to run.

“I ran straight down to the Liquid nightclub where I found a security guard who called the police for me.

“It was terrifying and I don’t feel safe walking about at night now.”

Mr Stucker spent the night back at his friend’s house because he could not get back into his home until he was able to contact his landlord.

Ben Garnett, 20, a student who walks down Chapel Street every day to go to Glyndwr University, said he was shaken about the incident.

He said: “I’m really, really shocked. I walk this road every day, sometimes at night to the shop, and I don’t think twice about it.

“But I will be now – knowing this has happened. I can’t believe it.”

Anna Tonner, 34, is a nearby resident who was also worried by the incident just steps away from her front door.

“It is really very shocking,” she said. “It has worried me about walking up and down the streets on my own.”

North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Inspector Neil Harrison of Wrexham CID said: “At about 1.15am this morning (Wednesday), a student was making his way home along Chapel Street, Wrexham, when he was threatened and had property taken from him by two males, one brandishing what we believe to be a knife-type weapon.

“The victim sustained no injuries, but was left traumatised.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed the attack or anything suspicious in the area at the time, or has any information which may assist.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, using the reference RC14006697.

A Glyndwr University spokesman said: “Glyndwr University takes the safety of its students very seriously.

“We are assisting North Wales Police with its investigation and have mechanisms in place to support students and staff with any health or safety issues.”

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