POLICE are appealing for help to catch a vile thug who punched an elderly man in the face during an attempted robbery in St Helens town centre.
The 73-year-old victim was walking along Rutland Street when he punched in the back of the head.
He then fell to the floor, injuring his arm. As he lay helpless, the attacker attempted to steal his wallet from the man’s trouser pocket.
The brave OAP fought back and shouted for help warning the offender the police were on their way.
The robber then fled in the direction of Stanhope Street leaving the victim shaken and suffering from chest pains and a grazed arm which required a check-up at hospital.
Det Con Kirsty Miller, from St Helens CID, said: “This was a cowardly act by someone who hoped that by targeting an older person, they would not fight back.
“Fortunately, the victim was both brave and quick-thinking and scared him off but it could have been much more serious.
“This happened at 4pm on a Saturday on a busy road and I’m would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or saw a man acting suspiciously beforehand, to call me.”
The incident happened on Saturday, May 4 on Rutland Street, at the junction with Morley Street near Victoria Park.
Witnesses should call police on 0151 777 6807 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.