Officers from Macclesfield CID are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery in Wilmslow just before 2am on Sunday, 24th February.
The victim, a taxi driver, was outside of his vehicle on Albert Road checking the passenger side door when three men approached him.
They stood in front of the driver's side door and brandished a screw driver or knife and demanded his cash box.
The 30-year-old driver from Stockport used a red paint deterrent spray on the men, hitting one. The men then ran off along Alderley Road.
The first man is described as white, 5'7", slim with a local accent and wearing all black with his hood up. The second man was described as dressed in black and the third man was described as taller than the other two men, wearing all black with white trainers on.
Detective Constable Cameron Mair said: "Although this incident happened in the early hours of the morning there were a number of people and cars in the area. We are asking anyone in the area to get in touch if they saw anything - particularly if you saw someone with red paint on their hoodie.
"We are also asking drivers who drove through the area at around that time to check their dashcam footage. No one should have to face threats and intimidation when they are out making an honest living and we want to catch those responsible."
If you have any information about the incident then please contact Cheshire Police on 101, quoting incident number IML 331011.