Gun threat to robbery victim

PUBLISHED: 14:48 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

POLICE are appealing for information about three men involved in a robbery in Harpenden in which a gun was used to threaten the victim. A fourth man has been arrested. At around 7.30pm on Sunday, a witness reported that two men approached a stationary veh

POLICE are appealing for information about three men involved in a robbery in Harpenden in which a gun was used to threaten the victim. A fourth man has been arrested.

At around 7.30pm on Sunday, a witness reported that two men approached a stationary vehicle outside the New Taj Mahal restaurant in Station Road.

One of the men threatened the driver and demanded he hand over a bag containing money. He then grabbed the bag and pulled the driver out of the car.

The driver was assaulted before his attacker made off down Station Road turning towards the High Street. It is thought he got into a silver four-door Vauxhall Astra.

A small gun was used to make threats during the incident but it was not fired. The man in the car suffered a cut to his head when he was assaulted.

Det Sgt Jason Finnegan from the Local Crime Unit said: "We think there was already at least one man in the getaway car and we are also looking for up to two other men who may have been involved.

"We have descriptions of two men between the ages of 25 and 30 who were both reported to be wearing dark clothing and a form of mask covering their faces."

An 18-year-old man from Luton has been charged with robbery and being in possession of an imitation firearm. He was due to appear before St Albans Magistrates Court today Tuesday).

Anyone with information is asked to call the non-emergency number on 0845 33 00 222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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