DETECTIVES are hunting a robber who threatened to stab a terrified teenager after forcing him to sit on the ground in a back alleyway.
The 16-year-old was walking along Halton View Road towards Halton View with a friend when a stranger approached from behind and pushed one of the victims hard against a wall.
He dragged him into a nearby alleyway and made him sit on the ground before demanding cash and telling him 'you have to be stabbed'.
The victim was robbed of all his cash by the offender who ordered him to stay put in the alleyway while he fled the scene.
Police said the offender was not seen carrying a weapon despite threatening to stab the teenager, who reported seeing the robber walking past them in the opposite direction just minutes earlier.
Police have issued a description of the culprit.
He was about 5ft 10in tall, wearing a white Lacoste track- suit top with blue tracksuit bottoms and a white baseball cap. The victim estimated the offender to be aged about 18.
The robbery happened in the early hours of Saturday.
Witnesses or anyone with information should contact Widnes CID on 0151 424 7431 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.