Detectives in Islington are appealing for information and witnesses following two linked armed robberies in Hillrise.
The first incident occurred on Tuesday, 26 July at 22:00hrs in Whittington Park, N19.
A 24-year-old male was walking through the park entrance at the junction with Holloway Road when he was approached by three male suspects. All three had their faces covered. One of the suspects pulled what is believed to be silver handgun from his waistband and pressed it into the victim’s stomach demanding he hand over his personal possessions. The victim was then told to turn around and walk away, he followed the instructions and left shocked by unharmed.
The second incident occurred 30 minutes later in the same area of Whittington Park, N19. Three teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 18 were playing ‘Pokémon Go’ inside the park when they were approached by the same three male suspects.
Suspect Two demanded that the three people handover their phones, at the same time Suspect One revealed a what is believed to be a handgun from his waistband, pointed it towards the victims and demanded they handover their phones. The three victims handed over their smart phones and left the scene. Again although shocked, all three were unharmed during the course of the robbery.
The three suspects involved are described as follows:
Suspect one: Asian male, believed to be aged 16-17years old, 5ft 6ins tall, referred to as “Kushi.” Was wearing a black zip-up jumper, black trousers and a black bandana covering his face.
Suspect two: Asian male, believed to be aged 16-17years old, 5ft 8ins tall. Was wearing a dark grey puffer jacket.
Suspect three: Asian male, believed to be aged 16 and was wearing a black zip-up jumper, black “North Face” gillet, and dark coloured trousers.
Police believe the incidents are linked as suspect descriptions and methods used are identical, and the both incidents happened in close proximity.
Investigating officer PC Kevin Yeung from Islington said: “These were really shocking attacks on young people walki around a much loved park.
“Were you in the area? Did you see anything?
“My team are keen to hear from anyone who can help lead us to the culprits. Robberies where a gun is shown or indicated are very rare and we are keen to apprehend those involved as soon as possible.”
Anyone with information should call Islington CID on 020 8345 0262 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.