Shocking CCTV video shows ‘hugger mugger' immobilizing his victim

Police expressed concern at the method used in the mugging operation

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A shocking CCTV footage was released by British police as they hunt an alleged Algerian "hugger mugger" who immobilized a student before he stole his $ 8.435 (£5,000) Rolex, UK media reported Thursday.

At the beginning of the footage, the attacker appears asking the 24-year-old student for a cigarette and talking about martial arts.
Explaining that he wants to demonstrate a restraint move, the attacker convinced his victim to turn around before putting his arm across his throat and squeezing.

The move caused the victim to briefly lose consciousness and fall to the ground.

The assailant then ripped a Rolex Submariner with a silver bracelet and black face off the victim's wrist and escaped.

Detectives, who are appealing for witnesses to the unusual assault, said they were concerned as the method of mugging was not one they have seen before in their area.

"The method he uses is not something we have seen before in this area and is a concern,” Investigating officer DC Michael Heaney said, according to The Independent.

The incident happened at around 3.35am on Saturday, May 10.