Police are investigating an incident in which a man was threatened in Grays.
A man and a woman in a silver Lexus had gone to Lodge Lane at about 10.30pm on Sunday May 17 for a pre-arranged meeting.
When they arrived, a man got out of a white or silver car and got into the Lexus.
He threatened the man inside the Lexus with an imitation firearm and stole a quantity of cash from him.
The female driver attempted to drive off, but the Lexus collided with a house.
The suspect got out and left the scene in the other car, which is thought to have been driven by a second man. The victims were not seriously hurt.
The suspect is described as a black man, aged in his early 20s and about 5ft 6ins tall. He was wearing a white hoody.
It is being treating it as a targeted incident.
Officers are continuing to carry out patrols and enquiries, and are looking to speak to anyone who was in the area but has yet to come forward.
Anyone with information or CCTV or dash cam footage is asked to call Grays CID on 101 quoting reference 42/70276/20 or report online at https://www.essex.police.uk
Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org