A WOMAN was left bruised after being bundled to the ground as she and another shopper stepped in to tackle a knife-wielding robber.
The thief struck at the Tesco Express in Stockton Road, Seaham, at 10.40pm on Tuesday, just minutes before it closed, snatching cash from the till after posing as a customer.
Police say the young woman and a man grabbed the man, with a scuffle breaking out as they attempted to apprehend him, but he ran off still holding some of the money after he brandished a knife.
The woman suffered minor injuries as a result of confronting him, but did not need hospital treatment.
Detective Constable Chris Fixter, of Peterlee CID, said: “This is a very serious incident where two members of the public have stepped in.
“Police were made aware of this and were there within a short time.
“We want anyone else who saw what happened or has information to come forward.”
The suspect is described as white, between 5ft 8in to 5ft 10in tall, slim and aged in his mid-20s to early 30s, with short, dirty blond hair and a poor complexion or facial stubble.
He was wearing a black Helly Hansen jacket which was zipped up.
A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and was questioned yesterday as inquiries continue.