A instructor has revealed how he was mugged at knifepoint for greater than £600 by two thugs claiming to be promoting a PlayStation 5.
Mark Lee, 22, who works in Banbury, Oxfordshire, thought he’d discovered a discount when he discovered somebody promoting a PlayStation 5 on Fb Market for £625.
The vendor insisted that Mark pay for the video games console in money and gave the instructor a particular deal with to gather it from.
When Mark approached the deal with he was confronted by two thugs carrying hoods in an alleyway who pulled knives out on him and threatened to stab him if he did not give them the money.
Trainer Mark Lee, 22, (left) who works in Banbury, Oxfordshire, was mugged on New 12 months’s Eve for £625 by two males he believed had been promoting him a PlayStation 5. Pictured: Mark together with his girlfriend Alicja Humeniuk
Mark went to the given deal with close to Smethwick, West Birmingham, on New 12 months’s Eve however ended up handing over his pockets and fleeing the world.
Mark mentioned: ‘I had been so excited to choose up that PlayStation 5, I anticipated to go dwelling with it and be capable to spend the night time enjoying video games with my mates.
‘However as a substitute, these two males approached me as I used to be strolling alongside an alleyway and introduced out these enormous knives – and I instantly felt dread.
‘I used to be terrified and in full shock – I simply gave them my entire pockets and sprinted in the wrong way.
‘I knew there have been scammers on the market, however I had no thought how critical and violent they may get – these males had been threatening to kill me.
‘I used to be gutted after it occurred as a result of I additionally misplaced all the cash I had saved up – however nothing is price greater than your life.’
Music instructor Mark Lee first reached out to a Fb person promoting a PlayStation 5 on thirtieth December after scouring the web for one of many uncommon consoles.
He jumped on the probability when he noticed one on sale for £625 on Fb Market – and did not query it when the vendor advised him to come back and decide it up on thirty first December.
Mark believed he had discovered a discount on the Fb market when he noticed an commercial for the video games console
A Fb account referred to as ‘Hamza Khan’ requested Mark to pay for the PlayStation 5 in money and gave him a particular deal with to go to to gather it
The vendor, who was utilizing a Fb account referred to as ‘Hamza Khan’ to promote the console, instructed Mark to satisfy him at 5pm on thirty first December with the £625 money cost.
Mark, who had been staying at a pal’s home in Birmingham, mentioned: ‘I used to be so excited to choose up the console.
‘I secured my first job as a instructor in September, so I needed to reward myself.
‘The vendor appeared utterly regular whereas I used to be speaking to him over messages – I actually wasn’t anticipating to be threatened with a knife once I went to satisfy him.’
However Mark was horrified when was strolling down a close-by alleyway as he approached the deal with, and located himself being adopted by two younger males.
Pictured: Mark exhibits the alleged PlayStation vendor an image of the money he took out in an effort to pay for the console
When Mark arrived on the deal with close to Smethwick, west Birmingham, he texted the vendor to let him know he had arrived. As he approached the precise location he turned down an alleyway and was adopted by two hooded males who then pulled knives out on him
After confirming his identify, he mentioned each males, who had been carrying darkish tracksuits, drew out ‘lengthy matte black serrated blades’ – which they threatened to kill him with, if he did not hand over the £625 money.
He mentioned: ‘My instant feeling was certainly one of complete dread and concern.
‘After they held these enormous knives to my chest, I may hardly course of what was occurring, I clammed up and fumbled round.
‘It should have taken me round a minute to pay money for my pockets as a result of I used to be panicking a lot, I genuinely thought they’d kill me.’
After handing his pockets over to the 2 males, Mark mentioned he ran in the wrong way earlier than contacting West Midlands Police, who’ve since been investigating.
Mark lastly returned dwelling safely later that night, the place he mentioned his fearful girlfriend, Alicja Humeniuk, 24, was ready for him with a cup of tea.
He mentioned: ‘I am unable to fairly imagine what occurred – I had no thought somebody would go to the extent of threatening to kill somebody as a part of a rip-off.
‘I am glad simply I gave them the cash and ran.
‘I keep in mind pondering to myself, ‘You possibly can’t fiddle with these folks.’
‘I might have beloved the PlayStation, however on the finish of the day, nothing is price your life.’
A West Midlands Police spokesman mentioned: ‘We have launched an investigation after a person was robbed of a major amount of money having organized on-line to satisfy somebody to purchase a video games console.
‘The person was instructed to go to Avery Avenue, Birmingham, and whereas strolling down a reduce via he was approached by two Asian males who threatened him with a knife and stole the money.
‘A police canine and handler was despatched to the scene to trace for any scent and native searches performed. Detectives are trawling CCTV within the hope of figuring out the offenders.’
Police have requested anybody with data to contact them on their Stay Chat service on their web site, or contact them on 101 quoting the crime reference 20BW/327592P/20.