Police responded after a man was reportedly chased by two men carrying a kitchen knife and a cosh who then assaulted him.
The victim was stabbed in the back and hit with the cosh but managed to fight the men off before they ran off with his phone.
He suffered minor injuries during the attack which happened in the Chapelgate area of Retford at around 9am on Wednesday (12 May 2021).
As the incident unfolded it was alleged the offenders made an opportunist attempt to take the victim’s Shar-Pei dog but the canine wasn’t taken or harmed.
Following enquiries police arrested a 26-year-old man yesterday in connection with the incident who was subsequently charged.
A 26-year-old man from Retford, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (13 May 2021) charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon in public and attempted theft. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court on 9 June.
Detective sergeant Matt Dumbrell, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Our investigation is ongoing which includes understanding the motivation for this attack.
“We’re treating the incident incredibly seriously and we acted quickly to arrest a suspect who has now been charged with offences.
“Violence of this kind is unacceptable. There is no place for knives and weapons on our streets and I’d like to reassure people that we will always look to take appropriate action against individuals who are believed to have committed offences of this nature.
“We are continuing to work hard to locate a second outstanding suspect and we are actively pursuing a number of lines of enquiry. We will leave no stone unturned in locating this suspect so he can be dealt with accordingly.”
Nottinghamshire Police’s newly appointed dog theft lead, Chief Inspector Amy Styles-Jones, added: “I want to make it clear to anybody involved in dog theft or the mistreatment of animals that it will not be tolerated.
“I also want to reassure people that if you want to report any concerns about your dogs being stolen we will take that seriously.”
If anyone saw the incident or has any information that could assist the investigation please call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident 151 of 12 May 2021, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.