Assault with intent to rob in Western Road, Kilmarnock
Detectives are appealing for the help of the public after a taxi driver was threatened by a man with a knife in Kilmarnock on Wednesday, 10 February, 2021.
Around 7.35 am on Wednesday morning, a man threatened the driver of a black Toyota Avensis private hire car parked on Western Road who then demanded money before making off empty handed.
The 59-year-old driver was not injured but has been left very shaken by what happened.
Detective Constable Danny Ver Berne, Kilmarnock CID, said:
"The driver was parked waiting on a fare when the man walked towards the car. Without any warning, he brandished a knife at him and demanded cash. However, he ran off without any money along Western Road and towards nearby Archibald Craig Place.
"Officers are checking local CCTV at the moment to try and find the suspect, who is described as white, mid 20’s, slim build, average height and wearing dark clothing, but we would also appeal to anyone who was in the area at the time to get in touch.
"Western Road is a busy road, it's the main road through Kilmarnock Town Centre to the A77 to Glasgow and we know there were a number of cars, a coach and people in the area at time.
"The attack happened very quickly. You might not think you saw anything of significance but if you were in the area between 7.25 am and 7.40 am and maybe saw something unusual or a man running away from the taxi then please get in touch. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone with private CCTV footage or dash-cam from the area during that time as well."
Information can be passed to officers at Kilmarnock Police Station via 101. Please quote reference number 0483 of Wednesday, 10 February. Alternatively, details can be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.