Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following reports of attempted robberies in the Ormeau Park area of Belfast yesterday evening, Monday, June 27.
Detective Sergeant McCartan said: “At approximately 7.40pm, it was reported that a man, armed with what is believed to have been a Stanley knife, approached two females and demanded they hand over money.
“The women refused to do so, and the male walked off.
“A short time later, it was further reported that a male approached a man and a woman, once again in the Ormeau Park area, and demanded that they hand over anything of value that they had on their person.
“The suspect was again reported to be armed with what was believed to be a Stanley knife.
“The man and the woman made off, and were understandably left very shaken by the incident.
“The suspect was described as being aged approximately in his 20s, around 5’ 9 “ in height, of stocky build, and was wearing a grey top and navy tracksuit bottoms.
“One man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, and possession of a Class B controlled drug.
“Our enquiries are continuing, and we are appealing to anyone who may have any information which could assist, to call 101 and quote reference number 1641 of 27/06/22.”
Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/