Police want to speak to this Good Samaritan
POLICE have released this image of a Good Samaritan they want to speak to in connection with a city robbery.
Officers have praised the actions of the mystery individual who went to the aid of a student who had been attacked by two teenagers.
The victim was set upon at the entrance of James Owen Court, near Sidwell Street, in the early hours.
His two attackers approached him and asked for a cigarette.
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When the 24-year-old victim told them he did not have any, they assaulted him and stole his phone and watch.
The Good Samaritan was captured on CCTV assisting the victim. Police are trying to trace the individual who helped the student as they may be able to assist detectives with their enquiries.
Officers are keen to stress that they are not sought as a suspect to the incident.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Naomi Walker, of Exeter CID, told the Echo: "From CCTV and the victim's statement, there was another person who went to help the victim and we would like to find out who that person is. This individual is not a suspect.
"The victim was walking home after a night out in Exeter when he was approached outside James Owen Court.
"He was asked for a cigarette and when he said he didn't have any, they attacked him and took his phone and watch. Both items have since been recovered."
Det Con Walker said the victim suffered bruising and a cut lip.
She added: "From the CCTV, it looks like the individual who helped the victim walked into James Owen Court, saw what was going on and when the attack was finished, he approached the victim to help him find some of his belongings.
"We have done house-to-house enquiries at the building but no one has come forward. It is possible that this individual was visiting someone at James Owen Court."
Two 18-year-olds from Cornwall have been arrested in connection with the incident, which happened on Saturday, August 11. They have been released on bail until September 28 while police make further enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the robbery or who recognises the Good Samaritan pictured in the CCTV is asked to contact police on 101 quoting crime reference DE/12/7857 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.