A woman was grabbed as she made her way from Tesco in Whalley Range
The horrifying attempt to lift the woman off the street has sparked a manhunt in Whalley Range, Manchester.
The 37-year-old woman came out of Tesco Express on Chorlton Road when she was grabbed by the throat, on Friday.
As she walked towards Whitehorn Avenue and crossed the road the man “suddenly appeared” and took her by the neck.
The 37-year-old woman came out of Tesco Express on Chorlton Road
Despite being only 5.10pm the man made the brazen attempt to drag the woman towards him.
The victim hit him with her bag, which caused him to release his grip, giving her time to escape.
The man is described as white or mixed race, 5ft 11in tall, of slim build, with acne scars on the left side of his face.
Police are looking for anyone who may have seen the incident in Whalley Range
This was a terrifying incident which caused the victim to fear for her life and left her extremely shaken
Detective Constable Christoper Clarke
He was wearing a plain black baseball cap, a dark hooded top which was bunched up at the back, and dark pants.
Detective Constable Christopher Clarke, of GMP’s City of Manchester Team, said: “This was a terrifying incident which caused the victim to fear for her life and left her extremely shaken.
“Thankfully, she managed to escape with only some tenderness to her throat, but the outcome could have undoubtedly been much more serious.
“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at that time, or anyone who recognises the description of the offender, to please get in touch as soon as possible.”
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The woman was grabbed until she hit her attacker with her bag
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 4986 and quote the reference number 1610 of 20/01/17, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.