Police disclosed today, that a 13-year-old boy was punched by an armed robber trying to defend his mother, when she was robbed of her bag and personal belongings yesterday.

The incident occurred at Blue Hole Hill Park in Hamilton Parish around 5:30pm.

The teenager and his 32-year-old mother, of Paget were exploring the parkland and left a paved path to take a dirt trail, which led to a cave entrance.

Police say they encountered a man in the trees, who pushed the woman to the ground brandishing a knife.

A struggle ensued and her son tried to help when but he was punched by the assailant.

The woman managed to fight off the attacker and run to the road where she flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Her son also ran for help, fortunately neither of them were seriously injured once the attacker ran off.

A police spokesman said: “The scene has been processed and a search of the Blue Hole Hill Park area by police officers, with the assistance of a K9 unit, concluded Sunday evening without locating the perpetrator, but efforts to trace his whereabouts continue.”

The attacker was described as about 40 years old, 6ft 2in, with a caramel complexion, wearing an olive green camouflage shirt, with the sleeves cut off at the shoulder, and similar coloured cargo pants.

The spokesman also noted that it was initially reported that another child — a girl — was with the mother and son but that was not the case – only the two were involved.

Police are now appealing to witnesses, area residents or anyone with information that could assist in the investigation to contact the Criminal Investigation Department on 247-1744 or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477.