THEY thought Coffs Harbour was a nice place to visit, that was until they were robbed at knifepoint at Park Beach.
The two mates from Sydney are still badly shaken after a man held a knife to their throats and took their personal possessions last night .
The women, aged 26 and 29, were too frightened to publicly reveal their identities and were doubly keen to return home today as planned.
“I assumed Coffs Harbour was a safe place,” one of them told the Advocate.
“It’s not safe. You should be cautious when you are going out. It was very frightening.”
The pair, who have been staying at the Hawaiian Sands Motor Inn, decided they would have a barbecue in a park on Ocean Parade close to their accommodation on Monday night.
They returned to their room about 9pm and were unlocking the door when a man confronted them. They now suspect he could have been hiding behind vehicles in the car park.
He demanded property from the women and grabbed a backpack from one of them.
He then produced a knife and grabbed the other woman’s bag and fled onto Park Beach Road, where he was last seen running west.
The stunned women raised the alarm with hotel management at reception and detectives were called. The bags contained food, clothing, a mobile phone, cash, a camera and personal cards.
“This has never happened to us before, not all the time we’ve been living in Sydney and not even back home (India),” one of the women said.
“This makes us worried now about where ever we are staying.
“It wasn’t late at night, it wasn’t that dark and we hadn’t walked a long distance to get back to our room.”
Their assailant is described as Caucasian in appearance, aged about 20 to 30, with a medium build, about 185cm tall, cleanly shaven, with short brown hair. He was wearing a grey shirt and jeans at the time.
If you can help with this investigation, you are urged to contact Coffs Harbour detectives on 6652 0299 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.