Police investigating a robbery in Bicester, which saw a teenage boy threatened with a knife, have released e-fit images of two men they want to speak to.
At around 6.30pm back on Tuesday, 14 May, the 16-year-old was approached by two men on the side of the A41 Oxford Road, opposite Bicester Village.
They tried to grab his shopping bag, and during the struggle, one of the offenders punched the victim in the face while the other pulled a knife out and threatened to stab the boy if he did not hand over the bag.
The pair then ran to a black Vauxhall car which was waiting in the Burger King car park and drove away, heading southbound on the A41, towards the M40.
The first offender is described as a black man, around 6ft 2ins, aged in his late teens and slim. He was wearing a blue Nike tracksuit, a thin black puffa jacket and had his hood up during the incident.
The second offender is described as a mixed race man, around 5ft 7ins, also aged in his late teens, with black, fluffy hair, a small amount of facial hair and of large build. He was wearing a beige Nike tracksuit.
The thieves stole a pair of expensive trainers, while the victim sustained bruising to his face but did not require hospital treatment.
Investigating officer, Nicola Manze based at Banbury police station said: “This was an extremely distressing experience for the victim.
“This incident took place on the side of the road during a busy time of day where the traffic passing would have been heavy. Additionally, I believe there may be a number of people who were at Burger King at the time and may have seen something. I would particularly like to hear from a gentleman who stopped to see if the victim and his friend were alright, but was unable to stay to provide any details to police.
“I urge anyone who recognises these men or has any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, to get in touch. If you have dash-cam footage from the time of the incident, please review it.
“You can contact us using our online form or by calling 101, quoting reference number 43190144725.
"Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on their website or by calling 0800 555 111.”