A pensioner has described the terrifying moment a thug held a knife to her heart and threatened to kill her if she didn’t hand over her car keys.
The woman – known only as Josephine – was ambushed outside her home in Stourbridge, West Midlands, at about 3pm on February 11.
Speaking at a police press conference on Thursday alongside her husband Colin, Josephine said: “He got me by the garage door with a knife pointing to my heart and he said ‘kill you, Mrs, kill you. Keys, keys.’
“Me and Colin got ourselves into the house via the garage door and there was this young boy in the sitting room with a chair and a knife in his hand. Colin had to pick up a chair to defend us.”
Josephine added: “I was just telling him to put the chair down and I would get him the keys.
“I thought if I could get him into the hall I could get him out of the house but once we got to the hall there was a neighbour standing there and neighbours outside and they just fled.”
The yobs – who also smashed a vase inside the couple’s home – were captured on dashcam footage fleeing the scene on a moped.
“They were quite violent and so loud, totally out of control,” Josephine said.
“I think we’re probably settling down now but I will never forget the knife and the noise. It was just so loud I cannot really describe it. I’ll never forget the knife, it was quite big.”
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She added: “They were shouting: ‘Mrs, Mrs, keys, keys!’ It was so just intimidating which is what I suppose they were trying to do, just to intimidate us to give in and pass over the keys – but they got the wrong couple.
“Why should we give into these young people? They need to know that this is not the way to carry on. It really is appalling behaviour.
“I can still hear the sound vibrating in my head. Keys, keys, Mrs. I was thinking he won’t really kill me because he’ll end up with life in prison.”
Stevens Road, where the attack took place, is a leafy residential address around three miles from the centre of Stourbridge.
Colin said: “There is no reason we were targeted at all, it just came out of the blue. They were just opportunists. We were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He added: “Immediately after we saw the moped one of the men had a knife to Josephine at the garage door.
“It all happened so quickly. The paramedics said that if we were perhaps not so physically fit we could’ve been on the floor with a heart attack. It was all very traumatic.”
Detective Sergeant Leighton Shingles, of West Midlands Police, said: “We have identified the moped as a Sym 50cc but do not have registration plate.
“The moped was moving too fast and because of that it has been impossible to get the registration plate down.”