Police have released an e-fit of the suspect who robbed a woman at knifepoint on her doorstep at Shottermill, near Camelsdale.
The 69-year-old victim returned home to The Meads at around 6pm on Monday, May 16. As she was putting the key in the lock, she was pushed from behind through her front door, causing her to fall into the hallway and hit her head on a cupboard.
The assailant demanded money, and when she refused he produced a small knife and slashed the upper side of her left forearm. He also caused a small puncture wound to her stomach, before grabbing her handbag and making off.
The woman was taken to the Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, for treatment to minor injuries.
Her handbag, minus around £50 in cash and some prescribed medication, was found near her home by officers.
The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-40s, 5ft 9in, of broad build with dirty black collar-length hair, dark eyes and a gruff voice. He was wearing a brown wax jacket, dark blue jeans and had a stud earring in the top part of his left ear.
Detective Constable Dave Pellatt, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a nasty assault on an elderly woman who was effectively ambushed on her doorstep. Thankfully she was not seriously hurt, but the outcome could have been a lot worse.
“The fact the suspect had a knife and was prepared to use it is obviously of great concern and we are making every effort to ensure he is brought to justice.”
Police have taken steps to reassure people living in Shottermill, unnerved by the incident, that it is generally a very safe place.
But Waverley neighbourhood inspector Tom Budd advised: “If someone does attempt to take something from you, consider letting them have it rather than risk being hurt, and if you think you’re being followed, walk to the busiest place you can find or knock on a door and then call the police.”
Anyone who saw the knifeman, or has information to help the inquiry, is asked to contact Surrey Police on 0845 125 2222 quoting reference WV/11/2755, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.