09/19/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/19/2018 05:10
Police are appealing for help to identity a shoplifter who attacked a supermarket security guard in a frenzied attack, leaving him with serious injuries.
Around 04:00hrs on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 the victim, a 45-year-old man, was working in a shop in South Wharf Road, W2 when he saw the suspect stealing chocolate bars worth a total of £1.79 from the confectionary aisle.
The victim tried to stop him leaving the store but the man pushed past staff and made off.
He returned moments later and punched the victim from behind, knocking him to the floor.
The man then punched and kicked the victim repeatedly for about 30 seconds before making off.
The victim was left shocked, distressed and had to visit hospital in an ambulance with a fractured right ankle.
An investigation was launched by police in Westminster and extensive enquiries have been carried out.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Gabi Kennedy-Hill, from police at Westminster, said: 'To date our enquiries have unfortunately been unsuccessful in identifying the suspect and we are now appealing for help from the public to see if they can tell us who he is.
'This man is clearly a violent individual who launched an attack on a security guard just trying to do his job. Instead of just making off when confronted, he returned and launched a prolonged and completely unnecessary attack on the victim.
'If anyone recognises who is he or has any other information, please contact police immediately.'
The man is described as black, slim, bald and around 6ft 2ins. He wore a white and black baseball cap with a motif on front, a dark zip-up hooded top with white strings, a grey T-shirt, black jeans and grey trainers.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference 6540630/17, tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.