Robbers ambushed two A-level students as they made their way to a Sheffield college.
Jacob Jenkinson-Graham, aged 18, from Firshill, was on his way to Longley College with a 17-year-old old pal when two youths stopped and asked them for a cigarette.
When the students said they did not have any one of the robbers accused Jacob’s friend of attacking his cousin and ordered the two to hand over their valuables.
Jacob said they also suggested they were carrying a knife when one of them said ‘should we stab him?’.
The pair attacked Jacob and rifled through his pockets as he lay on the ground on Firshill Road.
“When they were accusing my friend of attacking one of their cousins, one of them said to the other ‘should we stab him’ and my friend ran away, but they grabbed his bag to pull him back,” he said.
“He managed to wriggle free and they came towards me then and punched me in my face, got me onto the ground and carried on punching me.
“They were going through my pockets but only managed to get my earphones because a woman from a nearby house came out and shouted at them to stop.
“I couldn’t believe it had happened, especially in broad daylight.
“People need to be aware that this is happening round here.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is believed a 17-year-old and an 18-year-old were approached by two men, believed to be of an Asian appearance, who threatened them and assaulted the 18-year-old.
“As a result of the incident the 18-year-old sustained facial injuries.
“It is believed during the incident a set of headphones and a rucksack were taken.”
Meanwhile, police in Barnsley are investigating an attack on two women after they were struck with a stick, possibly a tree branch, as they waited for a bus.
The victims, aged 17 and 27, were assaulted on Doncaster Road, Ardsley, at around 9pm on Saturday September 3.
n Anyone with any information about the Sheffield incident should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote 571 of September 27.
n To pass on information about the Barnsley incident quote BX/107/2011 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.