Shock as father forced to rob post office by man who hijacked his car with young child inside
During the robbery the suspect remained in the car with the child
A father was forced to steal money from a post office by a man who punched him in the face before hijacking his car with his child still inside.
The man left his home at around 10.30am in the Belvoir area of south Belfast with his young child who he put into the rear of his car on Thursday, June 18.
It is understood that when he got into the driver's seat he was approached by a man who punched him through the open window.
The man then told the driver to go in the direction of Forestside down the Ormeau Road and then Ravenhill Road where he parked his Green VW Golf in Dublin Street.
He was then instructed to enter a Post office with a bag and demand money while the suspect remained in the car along with the child.
However when the victim returned to the car the suspect was gone but his child remained in the car unharmed.
Police were then alerted and made their way to the scene.
The victim also told police that during the incident the suspect poured an unknown liquid over him.
Detective Inspector Harry Colgan said: “While the suspect did not take any money this was a despicable act carried out by someone with absolutely no regard for the safety of the victim or his child and we would appeal for anyone who was in in the Castlerobin area and saw or heard any suspicious activity to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101. Or if anyone would like to pass information without passing their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
"We are also very keen to hear from anyone who was near Ravenhill Road Post Office around 11am on June 18th and saw a green car sitting nearby. Any information in relation to the movement of this car could assist police with their enquiries.”