Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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William Thomson , alias Nodes , was indicted for an Assault and Robbery upon the King's Highway, on the Persons of Grace Stacy , Mary Carleton , and others, taking from them 2 Gold Rings, a Crown-piece, and about 1 s. and 6 d. more in small Money , on the 7th of Nov. last. The Prosecutors deposed, that about Noon the Prisoner rode up to the Whetstone Coach, near the end of Finchly Common , having a a piece of black Crape over one side of his Face; and presenting a Pistol, demanded their Money and Rings, which not coming off easily, he pull'd them off himself, and rased a Gentlewoman's Finger in pulling them off, and then rode off, but notice being immediately given at Finchly, several Persons pursu'd him and took him. There were several Evidences that were positive he was the Man that robb'd them, whereupon the Matter being so plain, the Jury brought him in guilty of the Indictment.