Richard Oakey, John Levee, Matth.ew Flood, Violent Theft > robbery, Violent Theft > robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, Violent Theft > highway robbery, 16th January 1723.

Richard Oakey , John Levee , alias Junks , and Matth.ew Flood , of the Parish of Pancras , were indicted for assaulting William Young , Esq ; and taking from him a Gold Watch, value 30 l. 2 Seals, value 40 s. a Ring, value 15 s. a Gold Chain, value 4 l. the 10th of December last. To this Indictment Flood pleaded Guilty. Mr. Young depos'd, That coming along in his Chariot with Colonel Cope, near Hampstead , the Chariot was stop'd; that one held the Horses, another stood by the Side of the Chariot, and a third came in and took the Watch, Chain, Seals, a Ring, and other Things, but of such Sort of Gentlemen us'd them civilly, but could not swear to the Prisoners. Joseph Blake deposed, That himself, and the Prisoners Levee and Flood, were together robbing in Hampstead Road, about 6 a Clock; and that himself went a little before to see who was in the Chariot, and bid them lay hold: That Flood laid hold of the Horse. the Prisoner Levee went into the Chariot, he himself stood at the Chariot Door, and did receive from Levee, 2 Gold Watches, Seals, Rings, Chains, &c. taken from Mr. Young, and Colonel Cape, and bid the Prisoner do no Hurt. That the other a Prisoner had each of them a Pistol, and he himself had a Couple. That the 2 Gold Watches, Chains, &c. were hold to one Mr. Gratrix, in Southwark for 14 l. which was shared among them Three: And that he gave one of the Prisoners 1 s. 6 d. and the other 1 s. for their Parts of a Ring, which Ring was produc'd in Court by Jonathan Wild , and own'd by the Prosecutor Mr. Young. Jonathan Wild depos'd, That some Persons coming to him (as he suppos'd) either from Colonel Cope or Mr. Young, he made it his Business to inquire after the Prisoners, having heard they us'd to rob about Hampstead, and that Way, having a Warrant against Levee; and the rather because he had been inform'd they had threatned to shoot him through the Head: He inquiring after them, and offering 10 l. a Head to any Person that would discover them, a Woman came to him, and told him, the Prisoners had been to her Husband to intice him to go a Robbing with them, and if he would promise her Husband should come and go safe, he would come and give him, some Intelligence. Accordingly he did, and being informed that they were at that Time cleaning their Pistols, he went and apprehended Levee and Blake in Fleet-Lane, and heard that Flood was that Day apprehended for some Fact in Southwark and sent to Bridewell, where he found him. And the Person who gave him Intelligence where to find Levee and Blake, told him he had two Rings to sell, so he they might be of use to detect the Prisoners, lent him 12 s. on them. One of these Rings he produc'd in Court and Mr. Young depos'd it was his Ring. John Dyer depos'd, that the Prisoner Blake and Flood came to him and ask'd him to walk out with them, and they went to Black Mary's Hole, and having drank Brandy, they ask'd him to go out with them a Robbing; that he said he should not; that thereupon one of them told him, if he would not, if he was taken, he would put him into an Information. That thereupon he went with them to Hyde Park, that there they stopp'd a Coach and he ran away from them; and that Levee pull'd the Ring out of his Pocket which Jonathan Wild produc'd and Blake gave it to him, which was the Ring that Esquire Young owned to be his. The Prisoners deny'd the Fact, and inveigh'd bitterly against Jonathan Wild, calling him opprobirous Names, but had nothing to say in their Defence. The Jury found them guilty of the Indictment. Death .

They were indicted a Second Time, for assaulting Colonel Cope , at the same Time and Place and taking from him a Gold Watch, value 20 l. a Ring, value 20 s. and 22 Shillings in Money . To this Indictment Flood pleaded Guilty : And the Evidence against the other Two was much the same as to the former Indictment.

They were indicted a Third Time, for assaulting Simeon Betts , on the Highway, and taking from him a Muslin Turnover, value 2 s. and 2 Guineas in Money , the 26th of November last. The Prosecutor depos'd That he was set upon by 3 Men, that one of them came up to him snatch'd his Link out of his Hand, and put it out; another bid him stand, and the third swore if he spoke one Word he would shoot him through the Head. That then they dragg'd him down Fig Lane, near Pancras Church , into a Field, and robb'd him, and one of them with his Pistol struck him on the left Eye, and beat it quite out. John Levee acknowledged the Commission of the Fact, but affirm'd that Oakey was not at all concern'd in it; and said he was an innocent of it as his Lordship on the Bench. Joseph Blake depos'd, That himself and the Prisoners, Levee and Oakey, were standing in Fig Lane, and the Prosecutor came along. That himself laid hold of him, Levee took his Link, and that the Prosecutor making some Resistance with a Stick, he was knock'd down: That Oakey took the Money and said, it was rich and that he sold them of but one Guinea of the Money, and they afterwards went to a sort of a Cooks, and had half a Goose for Supper, and shared the Money. Oakey deny'd the Fact, and that ever he had been acquainted with the Evidence, or Levee, or ever committed any Fact. But in Contradiction to this it was deposed, That they were Acquaintance, that he had been an old Offender, had been an Evidence, and hang'd one, and transported another of his Accomplices. Upon a full Hearing of the Matter, the Jury found them both Guilty of the Indictment. Death .

Matthew Flood and John Levee , were indicted a Fourth Time for assaulting James Forey on the Highway, and taking from him a Dimity Gown and Petticoat, value 30 s. and divers other Goods , the Property of John Spencer , the 14th of December last. James Forey depos'd He was hir'd to carry a Burden from the Hitchin Coach, at the Greyhound Inn in Smithfield to the Prosecutor's. That going along Holborn , he was knock'd down, and his burden taken from him, but he knew not by whom. Joseph Blake depos'd, Himself and the Prisoner took the Bundle, and shared the Goods among them at his own Lodging; but said not in the Manner the Porter had depos'd, but that as they were going together to rob in Hamstead Road, in Holborn, they saw the Bundle on a Bulk, and the Porter gone into a Tallow Chandler's Shop. seeming to be making Inquiry. John Levee pleaded Guilty , and there being no corroborating Evidence to that of James Blake, the Jury Acquitted Flood.


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