Offence: Violent Theft > robbery
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Thomas Burden , of the Parish of Twittenham , was indicted for violently Assaulting William Zouch , putting him in corporal Fear and Danger of his Life, and robbing him of 31 s. in Money , the 3d of February last.
William Zouch depos'd, that the Prisoner came into his House much about Noon, and forc'd a Discourse upon him, asking him, if his Neighbours us'd to come and visit him? To which he reply'd, they did some Times when they were at Home. That there being no Body in the House but himself, the Prisoner in a little Time told him he must give him his Money; and having a Stick in his Hand, he presently drew a Tuck out of it, and presented it to his Breast, and threatned im, if he did not immediately tell him where his Money was, he would run him through; and prest it so hard against his Breast, he thought he would have run him into the Body; that he telling him he was but a poor Man, and that 31 s. which he had gotten was all the Money he had, and what had been given him out of Charity, he being very old; the Prisoner told him he had Gold, but he reply'd he had not. That the Prisoner then thrust him down into his Chair, and having cut down a Line that was ty'd up there, he ty'd him down in the Chair, and went away and left him; that after he was gone, he call'd the Prisoner several Times to have desir'd him to unbind him, but having call'd him often, and not hearing him make any Answer, he supposed he was gone, and his left Arm not being ty'd down very tight, he made a Shift to get it into his Pocket, and got out his Knife, and with it cut the Line and set himself at Liberty; and getting out, acquainted a Neighbour, one Jonathan Pearse 's Wife, and she made it known to others. And that one Greenbury a Carpenter, seeing a Gentleman riding by, he acquainted him with the Matter, and he having lent him his Horse, he pursu'd the Prisoner and took him, and with some other Help, brought him back and carried him to a publick House, and that the 31 s. was found upon him, being the same Pieces of Money taken from him, being one Five Shilling Piece, 4 Half Crowns, and the rest in Shillings and Six Pences, and that the Prisoner would have return'd him the Money again to have been set at Liberty, nor did deny his having taken it from him.
- Greenbury a Carpenter depos'd. That he being at work in Mr. Bushel's Yard, saw the Prisoner about the Prosecutor's House, and saw him go in and out, and to come out at last, and go away in a great Hurry; and a little after the Prosecutor came out and complain'd he was robbed, and thereupon seeing a Gentleman riding by, he acquainted him with the Matter, and