Hunt for racist who pulled out knife on victim

Moses Musarurwa
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A TEENAGER was racially abused by a man who pulled a kitchen knife on him in a late-night attack.

Moses Musarurwa was on his way home from a friend’s house when he was approached by a man riding a bike in Queen Street, Portsea.

He shouted racist abuse at the 18-year-old before pulling out the kitchen knife.

The thug eventually rode off but the incident has left Moses shaken up.

The Portsmouth College student is now considering moving from his home amid fears for his safety.

He said: ‘I was on my way home from my friend’s house when I saw a man riding a bike in front of the block where I live.

‘I walked to the main door to get into the building and he started shouting racial abuse.

‘I wanted to ask him why he was saying it – I felt really offended – but then he pulled out a knife. I though perhaps he would stab me or try and attack me. I was really angry and I was scared. Now I don’t feel safe at all. I’m looking at moving because of this.’

The abuse took place at about 11.45pm on January 20. Now police want the public’s help in catching the offender.

PC Craig Pearson said: ‘The victim is living in this country as a student.

‘Although he wasn’t injured, the incident has left him understandably scared and upset.

‘Police take these sorts of incidents very seriously and I’d urge anyone who’s been the victim of racial abuse to report it to us immediately.

‘We’re following up a number of leads to try and trace the offender, but if you know who it is, or have any information that can help, please let us know in confidence.

‘A knife used in this way can be an offensive weapon which won’t be tolerated. Both the police and courts take robust action against anyone caught doing so.’

The suspect is aged 19 or 20, about 6ft and of slim build. He wore a grey T-shirt, a dark, sleeveless, hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms with white stripes. He rode a dark coloured mountain bike. Call police on 101.