A murder hunt was under way today after a masked knifeman stabbed a man to death before stealing his car.
Londoner Harjinder Singh Bhurji (32) was sitting in his black Mercedes CLK coupe talking to a female friend early this morning when the robber opened the passenger door and dragged the woman from the car.
Mr Bhurji was stabbed in the chest after he refused to hand over the car keys and was pronounced dead at the scene yesterday in Stoneleigh Road, Ilford, east London, Scotland Yard said.
The victim, who lived in Ilford, initially tried to hide the car keys under his seat but the robber threatened to harm his friend if he did not hand them over. He was stabbed before he could retrieve the keys, police said, but, despite his injuries, then found them and handed them to the thief who drove off.
The car was later found abandoned. Mr Bhurji's friend, who was with him at the time, was found at the scene uninjured but suffering from shock.
Two ambulance crews were sent to the scene, along with a doctor.
"Sadly, despite the best efforts of our staff, one person was pronounced dead at the scene," a spokesman for London Ambulance Service said.