A knifeman high on drugs has been caged after terrorizing multiple homeowners, drivers and pedestrians during a one-hour rampage.
Richard Walley, committed a spate of armed robberies and attempted car-jackings when he caused chaos from 2.40pm to 3.30pm on January 7 last month.
The 39-year-old crook began by trying to force his way into a person’s home whilst carrying a large blade.
He then threatened the owner and demanded their car keys, however the terrified victim managed to prevent Walley from getting inside the house.
However, Walley then pursed the person’s next door neighbour, a woman who lived alone, before stealing her phone, a watch and £60 from her purse.
The frenzied attack continued across Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme after it began in Ivy House Road in Hanley.
Walley was drugged-up on monkey dust during his spree where he went on to attempt to rob another woman in the same street, before targeting another house to be broken into, reported Stoke-on-Trent Live.
After failing to break-in Walley walked inside a neighboring property as the door was unlocked. He said, ‘Give me the keys’. The homeowner told him to leave but he locked the door leaving himself inside with the victim’s 77-year-old mother.
He drove off in the victim’s Mercedes and narrowly missed hitting schoolchildren in Hartshill as he made his way towards Newcastle. Once there he tried to rob three drivers of their cars.
The suspect then deliberately crashed into police vehicles, leaving six officers with minor injuries and causing over £14,000 of damage.
He also collided with other road users whilst trying to evade police, including a silver Vauxhall Corsa.
His terrifying crime spree came to an end when officers used kettle spray.
Now Walley – who has 48 previous convictions for 100 offenses – has been jailed for nine years at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.
He was also banned from driving for three years which will start when he is released from jail.
Prosecutor Nick Tatlow said the defendant went to a house in Ludlow Street, Hanley, at 2.40pm on January 7 this year.
He knocked on it and the owner went to open it but the defendant turned the door handle and pushed hard.
Mr Tatlow said: “The owner tried to close it but it would not close because the defendant had pushed the blade of a large knife into the gap. He shouted for the man to give him his car keys. He tried to push the door open as the owner tried to keep it closed. His partner of him went to help. Eventually they managed to get the door shut and the defendant walked away.”
He then went to another house in Ludlow Street. A woman who was home alone heard the door open.
Mr Tatlow said: “She said, ‘Hello’, thinking her partner must have come home from work early. She turned to see the defendant in her living room holding a large knife.
“As she backed away in fear and shock he said, ‘Give me your car keys’, over and over. She told him she did not have a car. He said, ‘Do you want to get hurt? I am not stupid. People are after me’.
“He grabbed her phone, went in the kitchen, picked up a watch, put it in his pocket and demanded money.
“He put the knife against her torso and demanded car keys. He went through her jacket pocket. He saw her purse of hers on the sofa and took £60.
“She opened the door and ran in the street.”
The defendant left the house and approached another woman. I have demanded her car keys from her. She told him to ‘**** off’.
She ran away, around parked cars, as the defendant tried to grab her jacket.
Walley made his way to Ivy House Road. He banged on a door and asked to use a man’s phone. But the man was having none of it and the defendant left. He went to a neighbour’s house and walked inside brandishing a knife. He said, ‘Give me the keys’.
The defendant locked himself inside the house with the victim’s elderly mother.
Mr Tatlow said: “The defendant left still holding the knife. He said, ‘Do not get in my way, I will stab you, I really do not give a ****’. He drove off in the victim’s Mercedes car. Police arrived and set off in pursuit.”
The defendant drove at 60mph in a 30mph on Hartshill Road and on the wrong side of the road. He drove through a red light narrowly missing schoolchildren.
He failed to give way at the junction with Shelton New Road causing a vehicle to brake to avoid a collision.
He caused other vehicles to take evasive action on Brunswick Street and narrowly missed a pedestrian crossing the road in Merrial Street, Newcastle.
He went through a no entry sign, drove on a pavement nearly colliding with a pedestrian and rammed a police car before driving into Midway.
He went on to try to rob three motorists of their vehicles before he was eventually arrested.
Walley, of Uttoxeter Road, Longton, pleaded guilty to two charges of robbery; five counts of attempted robbery; having a knife in public; dangerous driving; failing to comply with a drug swipe; driving otherwise in accordance with a license; and using a vehicle without third party insurance.
Arif Hussain, mitigating, said the defendant lost his way after consuming monkey dust. He said: “He does not fully collect exactly what he did but he does not dispute anything the Crown has put forward.
“This was not premeditated or pre-planned.
“There is no evidence as to who was after him or who threatened him. He was under that belief. That may have come about as a result of the consumption of monkey dust.
“He just cannot express enough remorse. It is something I deeply regret. He is genuinely remorseful.”
Judge Paul Glenn said: “I accept you are genuinely sorry for what you did. Having said that, these offenses are very serious indeed.
“You were armed with a significant knife. You caused a number of people a great deal of fear as you threatened people to try and get them to surrender their car keys and cars to you and stole from their homes while you were clearly off your head on drugs.
“You drove in a highly dangerous way. It is a matter of sheer good fortune that you did not seriously injure anybody or cause serious damage. When you got to the Midway, Newcastle, you terrorized further victims. They responded with a great deal of bravery and ingenuity.”
The judge ordered a £60 restitution to the woman who had the cash stolen from her purse.
Speaking after the case, Detective Constable Emma Holloway, of Staffordshire Police, said: “Walley was clearly on a spree of dangerous offending causing a large amount of harm within a short period of time.
“We are pleased that he admitted his offending and that the judge saw fit to deliver a custodial sentence.
“Walley wrote a letter to the court apologizing to the victims for his actions stating he was going to use his time in prison to rehabilitate.
“We hope this serves as a reminder that this behavior will not be tolerated and we assure the community that the force will take all of the necessary steps to apprehend those responsible.”
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