Police have issued CCTV stills of a man they would like to speak to following an attempted robbery that happened at about 4pm on Wednesday 16 February on John Street, Masbrough, Rotherham.
The victim, a 72-year-old man from the local area, was parking his car on John Street behind the Murco garage, when a man carrying a knife approached him.
The man demanded the victim hand over his car keys, but the 72-year-old refused and while struggling to disarm the offender, the victim sustained a cut to his hand.
The offender then walked away from the scene and according to witnesses, he was seen shortly after the incident speaking to a man and woman with a pushchair in All Saints' Square in Rotherham Town Centre.
Shortly before the incident, the offender was seen speaking to a man at a bus stop opposite the old Millmoor football ground.
The offender is described as:
- a white male
- aged 25 to 35 years old
- 6ft tall
- medium build
- shaven head
- face appeared to have marks similar to acne scars especially on his cheeks
- wearing a waist length black jacket, blue jeans and white trainers
DC Gary Luckock said:
"The victim was taken to hospital and received stitches for the cut to his hand.
"The offender did not just have this weapon for show and he did not care at all about hurting an elderly man while trying to steal his car.
"I would urge anyone with information, or knows who carried out this crime to call the police straight away."
If you have information about this incident, or can identify the man seen in the CCTV stills, please call DC Gary Luckock, Rotherham CID, on 01142 20 20 20.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.