The incident happened at around 3.25pm on Friday 21 August when the victim, a 18-year-old from Stourbridge, was sitting in a wooded area near the playing fields at Kinver Community Centre. He was approached by a group of around eight males who threatened him with a knife and demanded his bag. Initially the victim refused but he handed the bag over after he was assaulted. The offenders made off with the bag towards the village, some of them riding pedal cycles.
The victim suffered facial injuries including bruising and cuts to his neck and hand. He was checked over by an ambulance and later attended Russell Hall Hospital for treatment.
The bag is quite distinctive and is described as a A5 size pouch which is white with a paint splash effect black pattern. It contained a Sony Experia and an Apple iPhone.
The main suspect is described as an Asian male aged around 17 to 18, skinny build, 6ft. He had short black hair and wore a white polo t-shirt and blue jeans.
He was accompanied by approximately seven other males aged between 17 and 18. One was white with curly ginger hair and a chubby build while the rest were Asian.
Chief Inspector Giles Parsons, Local Policing Team Commander, said: “Fortunately, this type of incident is very unusual in Kinver, there have been no other reported robberies in the past 12 months and generally crime in the area is very low. We are treating it very seriously and detectives are carrying out a thorough investigation.
“Local neighbourhood officers are carrying out high visibility patrols in the area to provide reassurance to residents. Anyone who witnesses suspicious behaviour is asked to report it immediately and anyone who has any concerns is encouraged to contact local officers on 101.”
Witnesses, or anyone with information on this incident, are asked to contact DC Matt Gould at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 469 of August 21. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at
http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.