A manhunt has been launched after a pedestrian in his 50s was robbed and stabbed in a violent attack in Hyde Park .
Metropolitan Police is appealing for information following the robbery on Saturday, October 28.
The victim, a 52-year-old man, was walking through the park when he was approached by a man in the Rose Garden area between around 1.30am and 3.30am.
According to police, the pair struck up a conversation in which the man seemed upset.
The victim tried to comfort him when unexpectedly he became aggressive and demanded that the victim to hand over his phone and money.
After refusing, police say the victim was pushed to the ground, repeatedly kicked and stabbed in his arm and thigh.
The man then fled with the victim's bag containing two phones and a wallet, along with other personal items.
London Ambulance Service was called to the scene and the victim was taken to St Mary's Hospital for treatment for injuries, which included a broken arm.
"This was a violent attack which came out of nowhere after the suspect befriended the victim," said detective constable Gabi Kennedy-Hill of Westminster CID.
He added: "The ferocity of the kicking caused him to break his arm and he has been left extremely traumatised by the incident.
"We know that the victim and suspect had spoken to a group of individuals who were sat on benches in the area – near to the fountains – prior to the assault.
"I would appeal to these individuals; or anyone else with information which could assist the investigation to come forward and help us identify this clearly dangerous individual."
Met Police has released an e-fit image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the assault.
Police describe him as 30 to 35 years old, black and around 1.75m tall.
He has short-shaved afro hair and a full beard and moustache, and is of muscular build with a round face and big nose.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a grey jumper, cream jeans, black trainers and a black cap.
Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to contact Westminster CID on 020 7321 7532 or via the police non-emergency number on 101.
Alternatively, those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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