A terrified robbery victim ran from a group of would-be attackers after one pulled out a knife and threatened him
The 21-year-old University of Central Lancashire student managed to outrun a gang of more than four men who approached him as he was walking along Elizabeth Street in Preston city centre.
During the incident, at around 8.30pm on Friday, one of the men threatened him with a kitchen knife and demanded he turned out his pockets.
But the victim fled and outran all of them.
Today Det Sgt Martin Pearson, of Preston CID said: “Fortunately the victim made his escape, but we are keen to trace the people involved.
“We understand the men did not chase him.”
He said a boy from the city aged 15 had been arrested in connection with the incident on suspicion of attempted robbery.
He has since been released on police bail.
It was the second robbery to happen in the city on Friday.
Earlier in the day, at around 12.45pm, a 21-year-old woman was walking down Stanley Street on her way to work when two men snatched her phone from her hand as she tried to send a text message.
Two men were seen behind her and one of them snatched the phone from her hand and ran away.
The first was slim, 5ft 4in, with short dark brown hair and wearing a black jumper with a white pattern.
Detectives have warned people to be vigilant when using their mobile phones on the street.
Det Sgt Pearson added: “ The victim is very shaken.
“We have had a couple of similar incidents recently and although we are not linking this one, we do want people to be aware of their surroundings when using their phone to text in the street.”
Witnesses should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.