Armed robbers who threatened women in their own homes – including a mother with her two-year-old child – have been jailed after being tracked down by West Midlands Police.
The pair had an imitation gun and a knife as they targeted three homes in Birmingham between 24 and 25 April last year; before making off with Ipads, phone and a credit card.
Officers used CCTV, DNA evidence and phone records to connect Donroy Joseph and Kendell Farrell , both aged 25, to the crimes – which saw two of their victims suffer non-life threatening stab wounds.
Joseph (left), of Geach Street, and Farrell (right), of Mosborough Crescent, Newtown, both admitted three counts of robbery, an aggravated burglary and four offences of having an imitation firearms; with intent to cause fear of violence.
Joseph, who was also convicted of sexual assault following a trial, was jailed for 23 years at Birmingham Crown Court with Ferrell sentenced to 17 years.
They first targeted a woman who was asleep in a bedroom with a young child – pushing a BB handgun into her head – and demanded Ipads and phone.
The toddler was picked up – leaving the mother in fear for their safety – before they fled from the property in Alma Street with the electronic goods.
They were involved in a burglary in Lozells Road the following evening which saw a man threatened with a weapon and stabbed in the stomach.
Then just hours later; two women were threatened at an address in Summer Croft before they fled with a bank card and PIN details. During the robbery one of them was sexually assaulted by Joseph.
A police investigation managed to track down the stolen Ipads – which had been sold to two shops in Birmingham – and CCTV captured Joseph trying to use the stolen card at a cash point.
A search warrant executed at Joseph’s home discovered knives, a BB handgun and clothing he was seen wearing by CCTV.
In the garden was a mountain bike which was captured on camera during the attempt to withdraw cash. Mobile phone analysis was able to link Kendall to the crimes.
Inspector Ben West, from Force CID, said: “This was a particularly horrific experience for the victims, causing both physical and mental distress.
“They clearly had no regard for others; in the one case threatening a mother and leaving her in fear for the safety of her two-year-old child.
“Through diligent police work we were able to identify them and bring the pair to justice; taking them off the streets of Birmingham for a long period of time.”