Hunt for gang that ‘robbed blind’ epileptic woman as she had seizure

Shocking moment gang ‘rob blind’ an epileptic woman ‘like PIRANHAS’ while she suffers seizure on street as her husband calls for help catching heartless crooks

  • Gang caught on CCTV robbing 39-year-old woman in Manchester city centre 
  • Footage shows them stripping her of her phone and purse and she has a seizure
  • Her husband has released the footage in a bid to track down the callous thieves 
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Harrowing CCTV has captured the moment two heartless thieves robbed a woman as she had an epileptic fit.   

The 39-year-old began to suffer a seizure in Chinatown, Manchester, in the early hours on March 21.

Footage from nearby cameras captured the men targeting the helpless woman as she fell to the ground before stripping her of her possessions, including her purse and phone. 

The woman’s husband Jordan Royce, said his wife was ‘robbed blind’ by thieves who ‘went after her like piranhas.’


Jordan Royce said his wife was ‘robbed blind’ by thieves who ‘went after her like piranhas’

Police and paramedics were alerted to what was happening by Manchester city council CCTV controllers.

Mr Royce has now asked for the footage to be published in the hope someone may come forward with information.

He said: ‘I hope that the release of this is powerful as it may lead to someone being brought to justice and it may act as a deterrent to anyone doing anything like this in the future.’

The graphic footage shows the vulnerable victim, who had been working late to try and meet a deadline before falling ill, falling on the ground as two men appear wearing dark coloured tops with the hoods up.

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They lean over her then appear to begin rifling through her pockets.

Her car is parked on the pavement next to her with its hazard warning lights on, and one of the men manages to open the driver door and sit inside the vehicle.

They decide not to steal it and flee several seconds later as the woman continues to fit.

When she eventually regained consciousness, her phone, purse, bank cards and about £40 in cash had been stolen from her.


The graphic footage shows the vulnerable victim, who had been working late to try and meet a deadline before falling ill, falling on the ground as two men appear

Mr Royce said: ‘I hate that this has happened. To do something like this, you are not a Mancunian.

‘But I am not surprised. I can understand the circumstances that lead people to become this desperate.

‘We need to open our eyes to what’s happening in the city centre. Because if we don’t do something and start to help people this will go from being a shocking incident to something we live with everyday.’

Police officers were on the scene within two minutes, shortly before 1am in the early hours of Thursday, March 21 and tried to trace her phone using the ‘Find My iPhone’ app and pursue the suspects, without success.

It was last traced to Whitworth Street where some men were seen running away.

Detectives from Operation Valiant, which combats personal robberies, have now taken on the case and examining the CCTV footage for leads.

So far there have been no arrests.


The men can be seen leaning over her then appear to begin rifling through her pockets

Magazine editor Mr Royce, 50, added: ‘She’s so grateful to the police and the ambulance service.

‘They saved her. It was just luck that the camera was pointing and it picked her up.

‘It could have been looking the other way and she could have been there for hours but they saved her.’

His wife, who was left with cuts and bruises, was taken to hospital where she was treated for three days and is now back home recovering in Stockport.  

A police spokesperson said yesterday: ‘A city centre police spokesperson said: ‘We received reports at 00:59 of a woman who was receiving treatment by the ambulance service.

‘They requested our assistance as a group had gathered.

‘Shortly afterwards the female reported her phone as being stolen, believed to have happened during the incident. CCTV enquiries are ongoing.’ 

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