A 27-year-old Lynn woman is terrified of being left alone after she was punched in the face and robbed while walking home from a friend’s house last weekend.
The robber targeted Katie Boofer in a vicious attack as she took a shortcut home through Friars Fleet, near the South Quay, last Saturday night at around 12.30am.
After knocking her to the ground and punching her, the thief stole her purse, but returned just minutes later to hand back the purse with bank cards after stealing £10.
Katie said: “I was calling 999 when he came back. That was the scariest part – he had already stolen my purse and I thought, what else does he want from me?”
She was grabbed by the man as she made her way along Hardings Way at around 1.10am, after realising just moments before he was trailing behind her.
She said: “I spotted the man behind me and he was being a bit creepy, walking near the bushes, so I sped up and started to reach for my keys. Then his arm was over my left shoulder and he had hold of me.
“I tried pushing him off and screamed at him to get off me, but I wasn’t going to let my purse go. I was absolutely terrified. He managed to get me to the ground, knelt on my chest and punched me in the face.
“Then he went in my bag and got my purse before running off, but before I’d even finished dialling he was back and muttered something I couldn’t understand as he handed my purse back.”
The incident has left Miss Boofer shaken and afraid to go out, even to take her dog for a walk. She hopes police will catch her attacker, and prevent anyone else from going through the same thing.
She said: “The last thing I want is for this to happen to someone more vulnerable. I was able to fight back but he might go for an elderly person next time.
“Until he is caught, I would say to anyone to make sure they don’t walk alone at night, always have someone with you. And don’t take shortcuts, stick to the main roads even if it takes an extra hour to get home.”
Detective Constable Richard Moden said: “I’m keen to hear from anyone who may have been in this area in the early hours of Saturday and noticed a man acting suspiciously.”
Police are asking for anyone with any information about the incident to call 101.