Detectives are appealing for witnesses, information and dashcam footage following an incident in the Boxmoor area of Hemel Hempstead on Thursday, January 11.
It was reported that a woman was walking along St John’s Road, sometime between 4am and 4.20am, when she saw a white/light coloured car drive past her and pull into Sebright Road before stopping.
The woman was then approached by an unknown male, who is believed to have been driving the vehicle. He grabbed her and verbally threatened her to get into his car.
Fearing for her safety, the woman collapsed to the floor.
The man picked up her handbag and walked off before the vehicle was driven away from the area.
The woman sought help and police were called.
The man is described as being white and around 5ft 6in tall. He was wearing a dark-coloured, knee-length parka coat with a fur-trimmed hood, which was worn up during the incident, and spoke with a local accent.
Detective Inspector Jason Finnegan, from the Dacorum Local Crime Unit, said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for the victim, who continues to be supported at this time.
“We understand that this incident will also cause a great deal of worry among the local community. I’d like to reassure people that we are doing all we can to trace this man as a matter of urgency. This includes house to house enquiries, a review of CCTV and other police tactics. Proactive patrols are also being carried out.
“As part of our ongoing enquiries, we’re also appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to please come forward.
“Were you driving in the area around the time? Did you see a medium-sized, white or light-coloured car travelling around? We’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have captured dash cam, doorbell camera or CCTV footage.
“Even something that may seem insignificant could be prove key to progressing the investigation, so please get in touch. Thank you.”
You can report information online at herts.police.uk/report, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat at herts.police.uk/contact or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 69 of 11 January, 2024.
Alternatively, you can stay 100 per cent anonymous by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or via their untraceable online form at crimestoppers-uk.org