Detectives from the Port Phillip Crime Investigation Unit are investigating an attempted armed robbery that took place in south Melbourne last month.
Investigators have been told the victim, a 47-year-old woman, was standing in line at an ATM at the intersection of Clarendon and Dorcas Street on Wednesday, Aug. 25, around 6 p.m. 16.25.
An unknown woman approached the victim from behind and put her arms around the victim while holding a sharp object against the victim’s back.
The perpetrator demanded that the victim hand over money before a number of passers-by intervened and dragged the perpetrator away from the victim.
The perpetrator fled south on Clarendon Street toward Bank Street.
She is perceived to be about 25-35 years old with short black hair, about 163 cm tall and was wearing a black jacket, black hat, shorts and runners.
The perpetrator also had a tattoo on the left side of his neck consisting of one or two words in writing with calligraphy.
A picture has been released of a woman who the police believe will be able to help with the investigation.
Police are also appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, especially those members of the public who intervened, to contact them.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report on www.crimestoppersvic.com.au