A CHAUFFEUR and a black cab driver came to the assistance of a man who was sprayed in the face in a suspected acid attack robbery near to Harrods in Knightsbridge.
The 47 year old man was walking along Walton Street, near to the junction with Pont Street, when two men on a powerful scooter robbed him of his watch and sprayed a corrosive liquid in his face before speeding away.
Chauffeur Fouzi Kebir (46) rushed out of a nearby house when he heard a disturbance and said:
We heard loud screaming like someone was being attacked. I looked out and there was a guy on a bike going up and down the street. There was also another person, who was attacking the man, spraying something in his face from what looked like a bottle or a spray gun.
The attackers were dressed head to toe completely in black and they had their helmets on so you couldn’t see their faces. The victim was trying to fight back and was holding his hands up, defending his face.
“There was also a black cab driver who tried to ram the bike, as the victim ran off down the middle of the road towards Harrods. The two attackers then drove off, they had flipped up their numberplate. They looked like professionals and I took a photo of the bike driving off.”
Mr Kebir said he rushed to help the victim and with the taxi driver poured water over his face.
The chauffeur added: “The liquid was burning in his eyes, they were completely red. It looked like they had sprayed whatever it was into his eyes. The guy was shaking, panicking, he was really in agony, but I don’t think there was any long-term damage.
“He told me the attackers were after his watch. He said he had been willing to give it to them, it wasn’t worth getting hurt for. But, after they attacked him, he tried to fight back to keep himself safe from the acid.”
A resident who witnessed the attack said:
It is really terrifying that this is happening around here. I guess they are targeting the area because there are a lot of wealthy people who live around here. What is scary is that it could happen to anyone and anyone could be a victim. Now, I try not to go out showing any valuables on display.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said forensic officers were trying to establish if the man was sprayed with a concentrated corrosive substance.