Offences: Violent Theft > highway robbery; Violent Theft > highway robbery; Theft > receiving
Verdicts: Guilty; Not Guilty
41. Robert Colson , was indicted for assaulting Elizabeth Bedford , in an open Field near the Highway, putting her in Fear, and taking from her 4 Handkerchiefs, a Waistcoat, a Shirt, a Cambrick Head, a Cloak, a Tortoise shell Ring, a Gold Ring, a Cypher Ring, a Gold Ring set with Diamond Sparks, a Snuff-Box, and other Things, and 5 s. in Money , June 1 .
He was a second time indicted for assaulting Timothy Towle , in an open Path near the Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Violin, a Coat, and Waistcoat, 5 Music Books, a Cap, and 1 s. June 5 .
And Mary his Wife , for the same Goods, knowing them to have been stolen .
Elizabeth Bedford . On Whitsun Eve, between 7 and 8 in the Evening, as I and my Husband were going with a Bundle to Hampstead , we had gone but a little way before I bethought my self that we had forgot a pair of Shoes, and so my Husband left the Bundle
Prosecutrix. These are the same I was robb'd of.
Francis Waker . There was a Warrant against the Prisoner for robbing Timothy Towle . I and others have been several times after the Prisoner in Blue-House-Fields, and at last on the 13 of August, or there abouts, we found him at an Ale-house Door in Vine-Street, drinking with one Bung: But this Bung was not the Accomplice that was with him when the Woman was robb'd. The Prisoner had a Knife in his Hand, and a screw Pistol charged with 2 Balls, and the Pan full of Powder, in his Pocket.
Prisoner. I never saw the Woman before - She can't say that I robb'd her.
Timothy Towle . On Friday the 5th of July about 2 in the Morning, as I and John Fenicks was coming from Hamersmith towards London, we were attack'd by 2 Men near Holland walk by Kensington. It was a Moon light Morning, and I believe the Prisoner both by his Person and Voice was one of them. He came up and to me asked what Money I had. I told him but little, upon which he curst me, and presenting a Pistol, said, Deliver directly, or I'll shoot your Brains out. I gave him a Shilling which was all the Money I had, and then he made me strip off my Coat and Waistcoat, which he took away. My Violin was in my lining of my Coat, and was Pawn'd by the Prisoner's Wife to John Gay who was my Acquaintance, and told me of it.
John Gay. The Prisoner's Wife brought this Fiddle to me on the 2d of August. I took it in because Towle had told me that he had been robb'd of a Fiddle, and I was in hopes it might be his, though the name was scratch'd out. She said she had it of her Husband, and
John Fenicks . The Prisoner and another Man attackt us with Pistols, which they clapt to our Ears, and with a volley of Oaths demanded our Money. For my part: was pretty easy, for I had nothing to lose; but the Prisoner took a Shilling from Towle, and was going away, but was so kind as to turn again and ease him of his Coat and Waistcoat and Fiddle - The Prisoner had a shabby Coat and a Crape Hatband.
Prisoner. I buy and sell Clothes, and I bought the Fiddle at Rag-Fair.
The Jury found Robert Colson Guilty of both Indictments . Death . And Acquitted his Wife.