Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
19. Richard Quail , of St. Clement Danes , was indicted for assaulting John Glass . the Younger, on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, &c. and taking from him a Linnen Shirt, value 1 s. a Muslin Stock, value 4 d. a Linnen Handkerchief, value 1 s. the Goods of James Fusan ; a Cloth Coat, value 2 s. a pair of Breeches, val. 1 s. and a Linnen Handkerchief, value 2 d. the Goods of John Glass , October 18 .
John Glass . On the 18th of October, about seven o'Clock at Night, the Prisoner met me on the other Side of Temple-Bar, and asked me the Way to Leicester-Fields. I had two Bundles with me, one on my Hand, and the other hanging on my Shoulder; he had several Times ask'd me to let him carry them; but I refus'd; upon which, when we were come to the Back of St. Clement's Church , he knock'd me down with his Fist, and took the Things from me A Coachman happening to see this, cry'd out, Stop Thief, and a Gentleman pursued, and took the Prisoner. He was brought back to me, to a Colour-Shop by the Church, and I said, if it was the same Man, he had a Ring on his Finger; but I suppose he had conceal'd that. I am positive the Prisoner is the Man, for I saw the Ring on his Finger, and I look'd up in his Face several Times as we were going along together.
- Proctor. I was returning from Goodman's-Fields on the 18th of October, about 5 at Night, and just by St. Clement's Church, I heard a Boy scream out; and I saw the Prisoner run a-cross the Way, and drop this Bundle. I never lost Sight of him, but pursued and took him to the Shop where the Boy was; and before I got with him to the Door, the Boy said, if he is the same Man, he has a Ring on his Finger; he knew him to be the very Person; and when we were before the Justice, the Ring was found in his Pocket under some Half-pence. The Prisoner own'd the Ring to be his, and said that he found it. There was a Lamp not 3 yards from the Place where I saw him drop the Bundle.
Glass. This is the Bundle which was taken from me.
Mr. Brogdon. The little Boy has told the same Story exactly now, as when before the Justice, and has not varied one Word.
Prisoner. I was going through the Strand, there was a great Crowd running, I ran to see what was the Matter, and a Man laid hold of me in the Croud. I am entirely Innocent indeed. Guilty , Death .