This was the moment a violent robber almost caused a pram to roll into the path of rush hour traffic after a tussle with the baby’s young dad.
Aaron Thorp, 23, was withdrawing money from a cashpoint on York Road in East End Park, Leeds, when he was attacked from behind by the hooded thug.
The mugger was forced to flee empty-handed after a short struggle but as he ran off the buggy, containing six-week-old Poppie, freewheeled perilously towards the busy dual carriageway.
Two strangers who stopped to help saw what was happening and one of them grabbed the pram before tragedy struck.
Mr Thorp today thanked the pair – as police asked them to come forward to help the investigation.
Mr Thorp said: “If it wasn’t for them she could have rolled into York Road and god knows what would have happened. I’m so grateful to them.”
If it wasn’t for them she could have rolled into York Road and god knows what would have happened. I’m so grateful to them.Aaron Thorp
Mr Thorp, who works for a private hospital, was on his way home when he withdrew two £10 notes from the Yorkshire Bank cashpoint.
The robber can be seen on CCTV footage walking up behind him before grabbing him around the neck. One of the notes was ripped in the ensuing struggle before the robber tripped over and then ran off.
Mr Thorp said: “I find it hard to believe that someone could attack a man who clearly has a baby with him. I don’t think you can have a conscience to be capable of that.”
PC Peter Armstrong, of Leeds neighbourhood crime team, appealed for information.
He said: “This was clearly a really distressing incident for the victim particularly given his baby was put at risk by the offender’s actions.
“I would like to hear urgently from anyone who recognises the man shown in the CCTV footage. I would also like to trace the man and woman who intervened to stop the pram and assist the victim.”
The incident happened on the afternoon of April 12, but police have now released the CCTV footage in a bid to identify the robber.
He was black or mixed race, aged about 26, 5ft 10ins tall, with black hair and a goatee beard. He was wearing a black coat, white tracksuit bottoms and black and white trainers.
Call PC Armstrong on 0113 241 3385 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.