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Daniel Radcliffe stays on brand and heroically helps a tourist attacked on the street

Thieves stole the man's Louis Vuitton bag before slashing his face.

By Kate Wagner
Voldemort by day, petty thieves by night – Harry Potter is a hero both on and off the big screen.
Well Daniel Radcliffe if you want to get technical.
The pint-sized star was in west London on Friday evening when a tourist was slashed in the face while being robbed by thieves, according to The Evening Standard.
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The man was walking down a Chelsea side road when men atop a moped stole his Louis Vuitton bag and inflicted a facial injury in the process.
Former police officer David Videcette said he had noticed the men acted suspiciously before the attack and started following them.
He saw them pull out a knife at a red light and watched as they attacked the pedestrian, trying to shunt them with his car but unable to reach them and they eventually escaped by running red lights.
When he returned to the scene, he saw Radcliffe consoling the victim.
“It was a bit of the surreal moment, I said, ‘You’re Daniel Radcliffe’ and he replied, ‘I am,’” Mr Videcette told The Evening Standard.
“He was a really nice bloke; a lot of stars wouldn’t have stopped to help,” he added, which seems like speculation to be fair.
“The victim was very, very shaken up.”
Daniel Radcliffe’s rep confirmed he was involved, but didn’t reveal any juicy details saying it was a “police matter”.
Videcette stressed that the victim wasn’t going to just roll over and give up his bag.
“[The thieves] grappled with him on the pavement. He wasn’t going to give up the bag willingly.
“I tried to ram the bike with my car but I wasn’t able to.
“They slashed him in the face with the knife and made off down the King’s Road.
“I tried to follow them but I lost them as they were jumping red lights."
There’s been a spree of crimes from moped gangs around London, involving 103 offences over 18 days.
That’s obviously an incredibly serious and scary situation, but we can’t help but feel it’s somewhat undercut by being referred to as the ridiculously unintimidating name “London’s most prolific scooter crime gang”.