A man who held up a terrified mum with a knife and a hammer and tried to steal her handbag in a supermarket car park has been jailed for four-and-a-half years.
Andrew Craig Grice, aged 44, attacked the 56-year-old at random in a Tesco car park. She was sitting in her car waiting for her son to finish work when a van pulled up and Grice got out.
Det Insp Steve Ashmore said Grice, brandishing a hammer and Stanley knife, demanded her bag - and said he’d slash her face if she didn’t hand it over.
But she fought back - and there was a tussle in which Grice slashed her legs with the knife and cut her fingers.
Grice was tracked down within three hours.
DI Ashmore said: “Witnesses at the scene took down the van’s registration and it led us to the home of his partner. The vehicle was found burned out. When he opened the door he smelled of accelerants and was drunk. He had minor injuries to his hands. We searched his home and found the victim’s cards.”
CCTV put Grice at the scene, at Forge Island Tesco in Rotherham town centre, at 4.40pm on February 2.
Grice, of Town Lane, Greasborough, Rotherham, admitted robbery and possessing offensive weapons when he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.
DI Ashmore said: “It was an awful attack. This was a really nice lady who was just waiting to pick up her son.
“She was very gutsy and stood up for herself. She is very pleased with the result. She was extremely traumatised afterwards.”
Grice had no prior convictions. DI Ashmore said: “It’s unusual to see such a nasty level of violence in someone with no previous.”