A would-be-robber threatened to shoot a man who was at a bus stop with two young children in a buggy.
Police are appealing for information about the attempted robbery that happened in Duckworth Lane, Bradford.
The victim, aged in his mid-20s, was at the bus stop with two young children, aged two and eight-weeks, when he was approached by a man asking for money.
When the victim refused, the suspect because aggressive and made threats to shoot him, although no weapon was seen.
He then kicked the buggy before walking off down the road to the next bus stop, where he was last seen. The children were unhurt.
The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20s, around 5ft 9ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a blue zip-up jacket and a chunky silver chain around his neck. It is believed he may have links to the Buttershaw area, as he claimed to know the complainant from there, even though he was not.
Police would be particularly keen to speak to a woman of Afro Carribean appearance, who witnessed the attack and sought help from a nearby store between 10.30am and 11am on Friday, May 17.
The woman was of slim build, about 5ft 6ins to 5ft 7ins tall and had black straight shoulder length hair. She was with a disabled man in a wheelchair.
DS Colman Coyne of Bradford South CID, said: “Although no one was physically hurt in this incident, the attacker could have caused serious injuries or worse to the baby by viciously kicking out at the buggy.”
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.