Two women jailed for knifepoint robberies in Sheffield

Tina Onfroy
Tina Onfroy

Two women who attacked their victims at knifepoint in robberies in Sheffield have been jailed.

Zoe Rider, aged 25, of no fixed abode, and Tia Onfroy, 23, of Richmond Park Road, Handsworth were jailed for a total five years and three months after admitting carrying out threats of violence and using a knife to force lone women to hand over property, at Sheffield Crown Court.

Zoe Rider

Zoe Rider

The first victim was attacked when she walked along Ranby Road, Greystones, at about 7.30am on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The court heard Rider and Onfroy were driving in a car belonging to Rider’s grandmother, which had been taken without permission.

After spotting their victim, they got out of the car and pulled out kitchen knives before attempting to grab her bag.

The victim tried to hang onto it but was stabbed in the side of the head when she let go. The pair then fled the scene.

About 15 minutes later, Onfroy and Rider approached a woman standing on her own at a bus stop on Ecclesall Road.

Rider, who was holding a knife, threatened the woman if she did not hand over her iPhone and bag.

The pair were chased by a man who attempted to help the woman. Rider tripped but as the man approached her, Onfroy threatened him with a rusty Stanley knife and the pair ran off.

Police officers traced the stolen iPhone and followed Onfroy to a property, where they found Rider inside with the stolen items.

Officers also discovered a wallet and keys which Onfroy and Rider had stolen from a locker room during a burglary at F E Mottram Ltd hours before the street robberies.

Rider was sentenced to 30 months in prison for each robbery, burglary and taking her grandmother’s car without consent. She was also given three months for theft and disqualified from driving for a year for driving without insurance.

Onfroy was sentenced to a total of 30 months for robbery, burglary and carrying an offensive weapon.

Detective Sergeant Jim Horsfield said: “A first class response from officers in the Performance Crime Team resulted in the two offenders being identified and they were arrested later the same morning.

“These were particularly violent robberies committed on young women who were attacked at random.

“It is a credit to the Performance Crime Team officers that the two offenders were swiftly arrested before any further offences could be committed.”