Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a 12-year-old boy was robbed in Harpenden.
The incident occurred at around 2.30pm on Saturday 29 July, next to the exit of Harpenden railway station, in Station Road.
Reportedly, three people approached the boy who was with his friend. One of them asked for the boy’s mobile phone, before allegedly grabbing hold of his wrist and threatening to stab him if he didn’t hand it over, however no weapon was seen.
The boy then proceeded to hand over the phone, before he ran off to seek assistance from police, resulting in three arrests within minutes of the call.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and have since been released on police bail while enquiries continue.
Detective Constable Lewis Allingham said: “I am appealing to anyone who might have seen the incident or witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time to please get in touch.
“I am particularly interested in speaking to a man, described as being aged between 30 and 40 years old, about 5ft 11 ins tall, of medium build, who was wearing sunglasses and had dark hair. The man was also walking with a toddler.
“I want to emphasise that the man is not involved but was in the area at the time of the incident and may have vital information that may help our investigation.”
You can also report information online, speak to an operator in our Force Communications Room via our online web chat or call the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/60901/23. Always dial 999 in an emergency.