A mum-of-two feared she was going to die when a thief held a knife to her throat while she was sat in her car.
Claudia Iorga, 31, was attacked after stopping at traffic lights on Waterloo Road in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on Thursday evening.
The man smashed her window before threatening her with a blade and then stealing her Louis Vuitton bag.
Recalling the incident, which happened at around 7.15pm, she said: ‘I was at traffic lights and was waiting for them to turn green when I heard a smashing and a man held something to my neck.
‘I didn’t know if it was a knife or sword. I was scared that he would kill me. I didn’t say anything. I thought to myself ‘I have two kids at home’.
‘He jumped over a wall into a park nearby.’
A passer-by stopped his car and went after the thief but could not find him.
Mrs Iorga, from Wilmslow, in Cheshire, rang the police and then her husband following the incident.
She said she couldn’t sleep that night because her bag contained personal documents that had her address on them.
The bag also contained her credit cards and passport.
Mrs Iorga, who works in catering, said she was happy to be alive and warned other women who were driving alone to remain vigilant.
Mrs Iorga added: ‘For women that are alone in the car, they are at risk. I’m still scared. I don’t feel safe. What if my children were in the car? They would’ve been very scared. I’m an adult, I can get over everything but they won’t understand because they are just small.
‘I’m glad I’m alive. A window in a car can be replaced, but the mother of two children can’t be replaced. Everyone was very supportive.’
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police said: ‘Police were called at around 7.15pm to reports of a theft from a car on Waterloo Road, where it meets Cheetham Hill Road.
‘A woman was at some traffic lights when a window was smashed and a bag stolen.’
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference number 1785 of Thursday, October 11. Alternatively call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.