A 33-year-old man from Essen appeared at the Steele police station in Essen yesterday at noon and reported a robbery. The man from Essen stated that after he had visited a bank on Krayer Street, where he had withdrawn several hundred euros in cash, he walked to the cemetery on Rodenseel Street (photo). There he was approached by two unknown men around 9:50 a.m. and involved in a short conversation. It is possible that the perpetrators had observed the man from Essen withdrawing money, as they held him shortly afterwards and demanded money. In order to add weight to their demands, one of the perpetrators pulled a one-handed knife, which he held towards the robbed man. The men fled with a backpack in the direction of a discount grocery store on the street Korthover Weg, where a suspected accomplice was staying. The men are said to be between 18 and 25 years old, approximately 1.75 to 1.85 metres tall and of slender stature. They had an Arabic appearance and spoke broken German. The man with the knife wore a face mask, a black baseball cap with print, a black Nike sweater and blue jeans.The suspected accomplice at the supermarket has a black full beard, wore a white unprinted baseball cap and light-coloured sneakers. The third perpetrator cannot be described. It is possible that passers-by or residents noticed the robbers in advance and could provide additional clues by calling 0201/829-0.
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