A victim of a terrifying attempted car-jacking said today he does not feel safe driving unless his doors are locked – after a yob battered his window with a brick.
Craig Wilson, 25, was queuing at traffic lights at 10pm in Doncaster when he was approached by a man who tried to snatch his keys and then cracked his window. He said: “I was angry at the time and I’m still angry now. It’s a week old car that cost £7,500. I lock my car doors whenever I’m driving around now, whatever time of day it is. It shouldn’t be like that.
“I would tell others to keep their doors locked at all times too and never wind your window down to anyone.”
Craig was on North Bridge on Sunday, September 27, when the attack happened.
A 40-year-old man was later arrested over the incident.
The man approached Craig’s car and told him to wind the window down.
Craig said: “He asked me for the time. I could tell he’d been drinking, you could smell alcohol on him when he started talking.
“When I was reaching in my pocket to get my phone out to look at the time he put his hand through the window and started trying to reach for the car keys – but there were no keys.”
Craig’s white Vauxhall Astra VXR is started via a button rather than a key.
The utility surveyor added: “I didn’t know what to do. I grabbed his hand and tried to get it out of the car, which I managed to do.
“I started to put the window back up when he hit my window with a brick. I don’t know where he got it from.
“The brick only cracked the window, but I’m certain if I hadn’t put the car window back up he would have hit me in the head as the damage to the window is right where my head is.”
Craig’s friend Rebecca Elland, 27, who was in the passenger seat, was left shaken by the incident, so Craig took her home.
“She was in a right state, she was shaking. My first thought was to make sure she was safe so I took her home and then decided to go back to look for the man.”
Craig, of Acacia Road, Cantley, drove the short journey to Rachel’s house on Bentley Road, Bentley, before heading back towards North Bridge.
But on his way there he spotted the man on nearby Yarborough Terrace.
“I found the bloke outside Bentley Ambulance Station and decided to confront him, but first I called the police.
“I parked my car up then went over to him and asked him why he had done it. He had no reason why, he just said he didn’t know.”
Craig alerted police and officers arrived in marked vehicles, along with the mobile CCTV van and riot van.
A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “We attended Yarborough Terrace and arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of criminal damage to a motor vehicle.”