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Police Hunt "Bow-Legged" Man After Violent Burglary

Monday 18th August 2014

Police say they are searching for a "bow-legged Polish man" suspected of being part of a gang who severely beat a university lecturer in his home.

Oskar Pawlowichz

Officers say Oskar Pawlowichz, 29, could try to flee the country following the botched raid on Paul Kohler's home in Wimbledon a week ago.

The balaclava-clad gang had barged into the home of the 55 year old and demanded money.

The men violently assaulted father-of-four Mr Kohler, leaving him with "life-changing" injuries and attempted to tape his 50-year-old wife to a chair.

Mr KohlerOne of the couple's grown up daughters and her boyfriend barricaded themselves in an upstairs room and called 999.

Pawlowichz is described as 6ft tall and of a stocky build. He is bow-legged and walks with a limp. He was born in Tarnow, Southern Poland and has links to numerous areas in south London.

Officers believe that Pawlowichz is the same man who appeared in previously issued CCTV footage.

Detective Inspector Dan O'Sullivan, of Merton Burglary Squad, said: "We are calling for members of the public, in particular the Polish community, to assist us in tracing Pawlowichz's whereabouts.

"We believe that he may make an attempt to flee from the UK to Poland, and at present we are in direct liaison with the Polish authorities, UK Borders Agency and Interpol and a co-ordinated effort to detain Pawlowichz is underway."

So far three men have been arrested, two have been charged.