Offence: Violent Theft > highway robbery
Verdict: Guilty > pleaded guilty; Guilty
8. Robert Hunt , a second Time, and James Timms , were indicted for assaulting Robert Rhodes on the King's Highway, putting him in Fear, and taking from him a Penknife, val. 1d. an Iron Key, val. 1d. and 3s. 11d. the Goods and Money of the said Rhodes, Feb. 12 .
Robert Rhodes . On the 12th of February, about 9 at Night, I was called to take one Thomas Robinson for a Street Robbery. I found him in Drum-Alley in Drury Lane, and told him I had a Warrant against him, and in a Minute 20 or 30 Fellows came in, some with Mopsticks, some Broomsticks, naked Hangers and the like, and cry 'd, D - n the Constable, Murder him, Kill him. Immediately I was knock'd down, and the Prisoner stood over me with a Club in his Hand. When I was on the Ground, they turn'd my Pocket the wrong side outwards, and took from me 3 s. and some Half-pence: After this I went in pursuit of them to a House in Holford's-Alley, and a pane of Glass being broke I look'd through and saw Hunt and the Prisoner standing by the Fire-side.
Prisoner. Do you believe on the Vertue of your Oath that I robb'd you?
Rhodes I am certain you was in the Company and stood over me with a Stick.
William Atley I was Assistant to Rhodes, we had a Warrant against Robinson, and while we had him in Custody, the Prisoner and a Heap of Irishmen rescued him from us, and we were obliged to get away as well as we could. When we were got out of the House, the Prisoner and Hunt push'd Rhodes down, and stood over him with Broomsticks in their Hands, but what was taken from him I can't tell. After this, we found Hunt and the Prisoner at Mr. South's in Holford s-Alley, and Hunt said, let us drink Boys, and be merry, with the Constable's Money: There was a pane of Glass broke, through which we saw them, but we were afraid to go in.
Charles Lane. I went in the Coach with the Prisoner before the Justice, and he said he had rather die than impeach his Companions.
William Lewis . I took the Prisoner in White-cross street, for the Rescue; and he offer'd to shew me where Robinson was, if I would go, and own'd that he was in Company with Hunt, when Rhodes was robb'd. The Night that Robinson was rescued, I went with Rhodes to a House in Holford's Alley; I looked through a broken pane of Glass, and I saw the Prisoner and Hunt by the Fire-side, and Hunt said B - d and W - ds Timms let us have some more Gin, and be merry with the Constable's Money.
Prisoner. By the Vertue of your Oath, did you see me rob Mr. Rhodes?
Prisoner. With Submission, I would beg leave that the Justice may be ask'd as touching the Character of the Prosecutor.
The Justice. As to his general Character I never heard the least Harm of him; he has always maintained a very good Character, and I believe him to be as honest a Man as ever liv'd.
Prisoner. I never was a Robber or a Rioter, and for this Fellow to swear against me, I know nothing at all of it.
Prosecutor. This Man keeps a common Two-Penny
John Atkinson . I have known him 6 Years; he was a Drawer at the Eagle Tavern in Dublin, and always behav'd honestly. I came to London with him, and treated him on the Journey Forty Miles, and he might have robb'd me, for I came up with 2 Guineas in my Pocket, and walk'd to see the Country.
Abraham Poland . I have known him ever since he came to London; I frequented Mr. Chillingworth's where he lodged, and never saw any Harm by him I keep a private House of 14 l. a Year, in Angel Court, Drury-Lane, and let it out in Lodgings.
Lewis. This Man keeps a common Baudy-House; he kept a Night-Cellar before he liv'd in this House.
Guilty Death .