A series of shocking images shows how bystanders tried valiantly to pull a hi-jacker from the car he had just stolen from a woman in Belfast.
Shortly before 9am a woman was approached by a man as she put money into a parking meter.
According to police, he then held a knife to her throat before taking her keys.
But as he tried to make off in the car, several people in the area close by tried to remove the hi-jacker from the vehicle.
However, despite their attempts, the car thief made off in the BMW.
Photographs of the theft were captured by a passer-by and broadcast on BBC Newsline on Thursday evening.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.