Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
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Thomas White , of St. Leonard's Shoreditch , was indicted for assaulting John Lagden , on the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him, two Shillings and Sixpence in Money , on the 10th of October last.
John Lagden depos'd, That on the 10th of October, between ten and eleven o'Clock at Night, as he was passing between Holloway-Lane and Hog-Lane, in Shoreditch , the Prisoner came out of an Alley, and turning short upon him, ask'd him, If he had got any Money, to which he answer'd, Yes, he had; and being startled at the Suddenness of the Prisoner's coming up to him, he put his Hand in his own Pocket, and pull'd out half a Crown, which he held in his Hand, which the Prisoner took from him, against his Will and Consent. That he then seiz'd the Prisoner, and call'd out for Help, but before any Assistance came, the Prisoner beat him till he had almost lost his Breath; and that then one Samuel Boyce came up to him, and took hold of the Prisoner, who knock'd him down; that presently Samuel Boyce recover'd, and went to call the Watch, when Mr. Wright came and apprehended the Prisoner.
Samuel Boyce depos'd, That at the Time and Place aforesaid, he saw the Prisoner and the Prosecutor struggling, and the Prosecutor saying, the Prisoner had got half a Crown from him, he advised the Prisoner to give him his half Crown again, and go about his Business, at which the Prisoner d - n'd him; but at length pull'd out the half Crown, and gave it him; soon after which, he went to call Help, for the Prisoner proved resolute, and beat the Prosecutor after he had delivered him his half Crown again.
Mr. Wright depos'd, That he heard an Outcry of a Street-Robber, and went to the Watch-House for Help, but there was but one Watchman there, and he refused to go, upon which he went by himself, and took the Prisoner, when several were got round him, but none had laid Hands on him, one saying he was a very dangerous Fellow, and they would not seize him for twenty Pounds, the Jury found him Guilty . Death .