On January 17th, a criminal attacked a 27-year-old pregnant woman after an attempted robbery in Manchester, England. The man threw the woman on the ground, breaking her leg, while attempting to steal her purse.
Immediately after the incident the woman, who was 4 months pregnant, was taken to the hospital and examined by doctors. Thankfully they found that woman’s unborn baby was unharmed; however, the woman shared that she was very shaken up after the incident. She said, “The whole incident seemed to last a long time but in reality would only have been about five minutes. He was very close to me when he was grabbing and shaking me and standing right in front of me.”
She added, “When it was happening I was very concerned about the safety of my unborn baby and for myself. It was quite terrifying when he was grabbing and shaking me. I didn’t know what he was going to do or what he wanted as I couldn’t understand him. I feel in shock and very anxious about it. It is going to change my behaviour and going about Moston when I’m by myself or with my children. It’s even more worrying that it happened during daylight hours.”
According to the Daily Mail, detectives involved in the case told the woman that it was ‘pure luck’ that her baby wasn’t hurt in the assault. During the attack, the woman said she screamed for help and told the attacker she was pregnant. She said she even opened her handbag to show the man that she did not have anything valuable or any cash. Then the criminal dragged the woman on the ground by the strap of her purse before fleeing the scene.
The woman was interviewed by specialist officers from Greater Manchester Police who constructed an artist’s impression of the man.
He is described as a black male who is 5ft 10 tall, stocky and with a round face.
He was a distinctive scar on the left side of his face and was clean-shaven. He was wearing a black zip-up hooded top with white strings and light blue jeans.
Detective Constable Saj Sardar said: ‘The victim impact statement this woman has written describes just how harrowing her ordeal was.
Her only thought was to protect her unborn baby and she was naturally terrified something would happen to injure her and her unborn child.
‘Thankfully, though this is purely by luck, it does not appear the unborn baby has been harmed but that does not detract from just how frightened this young woman was.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.