By Eric King-
Police are offering a £10,000 reward for information surrounding a robbery and sexual assault in Newham.
A female victim was held at knifepoint before being sexually assaulted on May 3, 2017, in Fentons Avenue.
Police are appealing for witnesses or information which could lead to the conviction and arrest of the suspect.
Detectives from the child abuse and sexual offences command have issued CCTV footage, and an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to. The footage shows him in the vicinity before the assault took place. Cops have stopped short of saying the man pictured is the attacker, and it is believed this is to afford every defendant the chance of a fair trial, but he is being treated as a suspect.
The suspect is described as black, aged between 18 and 23, approximately 5ft 5inches, with short black hair and spots or scars on his cheeks.
Cops say he was wearing a rolled up balaclava as a hat, dark trousers and trainers and a jacket or top which was lighter in the torso, with a dark strip going to midway down the front, and dark sleeves with a light patch on the left arm. With a large sum of money on offer, he will be caught pretty soon.
Anyone with information is urged to call 020 8217 7415. Alternatively
DC Tom Prosser said:
“This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim which left her shaken and scared to go out. The suspect is clearly a dangerous individual who we need to identify, and it is hoped that the offer of a significant reward will assist.”
At around 10.30pm the victim was walking home from work when she heard the suspect run up behind her.
She was held at knifepoint while the suspect demanded money from her – when she explained she had no cash, he demanded to see the contents of her purse.
He threw the bag on the floor, before sexually assaulting her and running from the scene.
Detectives from the child abuse and sexual offences command have issued CCTV footage and an e-fit of a man they would like to speak to. The footage shows him in the vicinity before the assault took place.
Anyone with information is urged to call 020 8217 7415. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111