A terrified elderly Wigan couple were kidnapped at gunpoint by a robber who forced them to drain savings from a cash machine so he could buy his “dying daughter” a present.
Between 3am and 4am on Thursday, March 16, Andrew Evans, 26, of Heath Street, Golborne, forced himself through the front door of the couple’s house in Lowton armed with a gun in one hand and a knife in the other.
This prolonged and harrowing ordeal has left this innocent couple shaken and petrified after being violently confronted in their own homeDI Paul Rollinson
He demanded money from the man and his wife and then bundled them into their own black Landrover Freelander before driving them to a cash machine on High Street in Golborne Town Centre.
He forced them to withdraw hundreds of pounds, telling them he needed the money for his dying daughter so he could buy her a present.
He then took them back home, kissed the man’s wife on the hand and fled in the Landrover towards the East Lancashire Road after telling them he would leave the car in a supermarket car park for the couple to collect later.
Minutes later, the car was seen travelling at around 70mph before it collided with a roundabout and flipped over.
Evans is now wanted in connection with the incident and officers are appealing for the public’s help to trace him.
Detective Inspector Paul Rollinson of GMP’s Wigan Borough, said: “This prolonged and harrowing ordeal has left this innocent couple shaken and petrified after being violently confronted in their own home.
“It is extremely important that anyone who knows where Evans tells us at the earliest opportunity.
“I’d like to remind people that anyone who knows where Evans is or anyone who is harbouring him and neglects to tell us, will be committing an offence.”
Anyone with information about Evans’ whereabouts should contact police on 0161 856 7225 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.