Olivia Hopkins was pulled from her bicycle and hurled to the floor in the shocking ordeal, and is now too scared to leave her home. The thug, dressed all in black and wearing a mask, came up behind her and her mum Heloise Hopkins, 36, in the broad daylight attack.
Heloise, who is recovering from a stroke, was thumped in the face in Newport, south Wales, on Monday afternoon.
Speaking to Wales Online, she said: “As we started heading up the road, the next thing I knew Olivia was being lifted out of the saddle by this guy who was shouting about it being his bike and that she had to get off it.
“He then threw her to the ground. The whole thing came completely out of nowhere.”
The brave mum of three attempted the grab the bike back from the yob, but a scuffle ensued.
Heloise, who is a carer, said: “He bent my hand right back, twisting my fingers, and then we got into a scuffle,” she said. “He got me on the floor and punched me in the face a few times.
“Somehow though I still managed to chase after him as he rode away – adrenaline I’d imagine, as I was in complete shock at the time.
“My main thought was for my girl, she was terrified. I mean, who on Earth would attack a child like that?
“In fact, she’s still scared and refuses to go out again until the police catch whoever did this.”
The mum had tried flagging down a couple of passing cars for help, but none of them stopped. She hopes witnesses will come forward to catch the vicious robber.
CCTV captured nearby shows the moments that led to the crime, and the thug cycling off towards central Newport.
Gwent Police is investigating the sickening attack.
A spokesman for the force: “We are investigating a report of a robbery which took place in Brynglas Road, Newport, at around 4.45pm on Monday.
“A woman reported that she was pushing her child on an electric bike when they were approached by an unknown male.
“The suspect lifted the child off the bike and assaulted the woman before making off with the bike leaving in the direction of Malpas Road.”
He added: “The woman attended hospital for treatment to her hand. The child was shaken but unharmed.
“The suspect is described as being a white male in his late teens, of skinny build, 5ft6 and was wearing black clothing, a black upturned beanie and a black mask with white writing.
“The e-bike is described as being a lime green Voodoo Zobop E model with black tyres and has black number three on the front.
“Enquiries are ongoing and we are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.”
Anyone with any information can call 101 quoting reference 2100154581 or direct message Gwent Police on Twitter or Facebook.