Daniel Radcliffe Assists London Mugging Victim

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe came to the aid of a man who had been slashed in the face during a mugging in London.

The incident occurred on July 14. The victim, a tourist who was visiting the UK on vacation, was walking down a side street off Chelsea's famous King's Road when he was attacked by two men driving a moped.

"The victim -- a man aged in his 50s -- was walking in the road when two people riding a moped snatched his bag before riding off," the Met Police said in a statement, according to the Evening Standard. "The victim suffered a cut to the face during the incident."

Former police officer David Videcette, who worked in counter-terrorism, said he had been following the men in his car after noting that they were behaving suspiciously.

"I had seen [the muggers] with no number plates on cruising down the street, both looking at people on the pavement," Videcette explained. "I realized they were up to no good."

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"I decided to call the police and told them they needed to come and have a look. No sooner than I was on the phone to them that I saw one of them reaching for something in his waistband."

"Then one of them gets off and attacks a man with an expensive looking Louis Vuitton bag on the pavement," the former officer recalled. "They grappled with him on the pavement. He wasn’t going to give up the bag willingly. I tried to ram the bike with my car but I wasn’t able to."

He added: "They slashed him in the face with the knife and made off down the King’s Road."

When he returned to the scene, Videcette was shocked to meet with Radcliffe, who had stopped to comfort the victim.

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"It was a bit of the surreal moment," he told the Evening Standard. "I said, 'You’re Daniel Radcliffe,' and he replied, 'I am.'"

"He was a really nice bloke, a lot of stars wouldn’t have stopped to help," Videcette added. "The victim was very, very shaken up."

A spokeswoman for the "Harry Potter" star confirmed that he was present at the scene but declined to say anything more.

The trailer for Radcliffe's next film, "Jungle," was released in June. Radcliffe plays an Israeli backpacker whose journey into the Amazon turns into a nightmare that threatens his and his companions' lives. The movie is based on a true story and is slated to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Aug. 3, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Sources: Evening Standard, Entertainment Weekly / Photo credit: Elen Nivrae/Flickr, Evening Standard, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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