A hero who protected a disabled man as he was being robbed has spoken of how he feared the victim could have been killed.
The father-of-three heroically stepped in to protect a man in a wheelchair as another man reportedly tried to take his money, snatch the rings from his finger and hit him over the head.
The 45-year-old spoke of his shock at watching a man hit the disabled man as he sat screaming for help.
After intervening and standing in front of the victim to protect him, he and other members of the public reportedly helped detain the suspect until police arrived.
The witness, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “If I didn’t go and stop him he could have killed this guy.
“I don’t know if I did the right thing or wrong, but I did it to save this guy’s life.
“The man wasn’t human – this guy was like an animal.”
The incident happened after the suspect reportedly offered his help to the victim so he could go up a roadside kerb – but instead took the victim’s bag off his chair and moved him further away up the street.
It is alleged the suspect tried to take the rings as he placed his hand on top of the victim’s hand as he was holding the joystick of his wheelchair.
Police made an arrest after being called to Sherwood Rise at around 3.53pm on Tuesday (17 August 2021).
After reportedly attempting to protect the disabled man the witness was also said to have been kicked.
The witness added: “I saw the man as he approached me an hour earlier and then later saw him go to the petrol station and he started banging the cash machine.
“I just wanted to make sure that the man was going.
“But I then saw him near a guy in a wheelchair.
“I then saw him hit the man in the head and that didn’t make me feel good, so I went over and told him to stop what he was doing but he tried to fight me.
“I pushed him and told him to go away and stop taking the rings off his finger.
“I was just trying to protect the guy and push him away, but he hit me and I just placed the disabled man behind my shoulder to try and protect him.”
The witness further explained how he feared for the disabled man’s life and only wanted to protect him from being killed.
He added: “He had banged his head and hit his face and even broken his glasses.
“I took the possessions off him and gave them back to the man and then called the police and with some help from other people we kept him busy until the police came.
“I just wanted to protect him in case the guy came out with a knife or anything.”
A 32-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of robbery.
Detective Sergeant Lee Cattell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Thankfully, the man was not seriously injured in the incident but whenever violence is used there is always the possibility for dangerous consequences.
“This was an unplanned attack which will have left the victim understandably shaken.
“I would like to pass my personal thanks to the member of the public who called in to inform us of the incident and for his help throughout the incident. It was incredibly brave of him and shows real community spirit to protect this vulnerable man.”
Anyone with any information should contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 468 of 17 August 2021.