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Search for hero who chased bag thief

Police hunt Camley Street mugger

30 May, 2019 — By Samantha Booth

Juliana Mangonon: I was in shock

A 63-year-old woman who suffered a serious head injury during a robbery in King’s Cross wants to be reunited with a motorcyclist who came to her aid.

Juliana Mangonon has also called for the thief who snatched her bag, causing her to fall to the ground, to think again before committing further attacks. After the mugging in Camley Street, the mother-of-one managed to flag down a passing motorcyclist who chased the suspect, confronted him and got her bag back for her.

Ms Mangonon said: “I would like to see him and tell him I really appreciate what he’s done. “I told him ‘thank you so much for helping me’ but how I wish at that time I asked his name and address, but I didn’t think about it, I wanted to go home. I’m so grateful to him.”

She was walking home after a barbecue on May 5 at about 8.45pm when her bag was grabbed. After trying to hold on to it, the suspect wrestled it out of her arms and she fell to the ground, hitting her head on the road.

Ms Mangonon said: “I was in shock. At that time what I had in my mind was, why is this man doing this to me? I fell in the road, luckily not on the edge of the pavement otherwise my head, it would be more severe.” She was later treated in hospital and added: “The doctor says there’s a haemorrhage in my head but it did not affect my brain but it affected the muscle that’s connected to my right eye and also my sense of balance.”

About the robber, Ms Mangonon said: “If I encounter him [the mugger], I would like to tell him to stop doing it.” Police have yet to make an arrest but launched a public appeal for information earlier this month, and particularly about the motorcyclist as they say he is “potentially a significant witness”.

Detective Constable Stuart Douglas said: “This was an opportunistic robbery which resulted in the victim sustaining a nasty head injury. She is thankfully making a good recovery, but we need to find the person behind this attack.”

DC Douglas asks that anyone in the area at the time who saw anything suspicious to get in touch. Police are urging anyone with information to call 101 quoting 1359/06 MAY19, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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