A DRIVER escaped after men jumped in his car and demanded money from him at knifepoint at Westcliff on Saturday.
The car was stationary at traffic lights at the junction of London Road when the driver was ordered to drive off into Cotswold Road.
He managed to get out and the men drove off in the five-door silver Ford Escort.
Essex Police are appealing for witnesses.
Investigating officer Pc Kiri Karlo, said: "This was a frightening incident for the driver who had no money on him. The thieves kept on demanding money and held the knife up at the victim all the time they were in the car. They threatened to stab him if he didn't get any money."
The man brandishing the knife is white, 5ft 10ins tall, slim, with a drawn-looking face and short light brown hair. He was wearing a long-sleeved light-coloured jumper.
The weapon was described as a small serrated kitchen knife with a blade around three-four ins long with a black handle.
The second man was of slightly tanned Mediterranean appearance, more than six ft tall and of large build, with black, short curly hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pc Karlo at Southend CID on 101.