According to a recent report from The Evening Standard, Daniel Radcliffe came to the aid of a tourist who was cut in the face by muggers riding a moped. The man was walking on a side road when he was targeted by two men. The men stole the victim’s Louis Vuitton bag and slashed his face.
Former police officer and counter-terror unit member David Videcette observed the incident and tried to stop it. He advised the men were acting suspicious and began to follow them. Videcette tried to hit the thieves’ moped with his car after seeing the knife and the two left the scene, driving through a series of red lights. When Videcette came back to the scene, he found Radcliffe with the victim, a tourist in the UK for a vacation.
He said: “It was a bit of the surreal moment, I said ‘you’re Daniel Radcliffe’ and he replied ‘I am’. He was a really nice bloke, a lot of stars wouldn’t have stopped to help. The victim was very, very shaken up. I had seen [the moped thieves] with no number plates on cruising down the street, both looking at people on the pavement. I realized they were up to no good. I decided to call the police and told them they needed to come and have a look. No sooner than I was on the phone to them that I saw one of them reaching for something in his waistband. I realized they were getting ready to do something. I cruised behind them in my car and they darted down a side street. I’m still on the phone to the police. Then one of them gets off and attacks a man with an expensive looking Louis Vuitton bag on the pavement. They grappled with him on the pavement. He wasn’t going to give up the bag willingly. I tried to ram the bike with my car but I wasn’t able to. They slashed him in the face with the knife and made off down the King’s Road. I tried to follow them but I lost them as they were jumping red lights.”
A spokesman for the Met Police added: “Police were called at approximately 6.10pm on Friday, July 14 to reports of a robbery in Hortensia Road. The victim – a man aged in his 50s – was walking in the road when two people riding a moped snatched his bag before riding off. The victim suffered a cut to the face during the incident. Officers from Kensington and Chelsea investigate. No arrests were made and enquiries continue.”
Radcliffe’s spokeswoman confirmed it was him.