A man has been sentenced to four and half years in prison after robbing a stranger in an Essex park and attempting to evade police.
Daryl Burrell, 34, of Clayton Hill Park in Nazeing, Essex stopped a man in his 20s who was on his e-scooter, at around 6pm on April 9, 2019.
The victim was threatened by Burrell and was forced to hand over his belongings.
Burrell then intimidated the victim into getting into his car in the hope of stealing more money from him at his home.
Once the victim gave directions to his house, he managed to get inside and quickly tell his parents what had happened.
Burrell was arrested by Herts Police four days later after a dramatic hunt to catch the robber.
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Essex Police had started a foot-chase to catch Burrell before calling in the National Police Air Service helicopter and colleagues from across the Hertfordshire border – who found Burrell hiding under a garden table in Graham Road.
Burrell had even jumped out of a moving car on Station Road in an attempt to evade police.
Whilst in custody, officers confiscated a silver necklace, Gucci bag, engraved Apple Airpods and recovered the victim’s e-scooter.
Burrell, of Nazeing Road, entered a guilty plea to one count of robbery at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday, June 21 this year and was sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
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Investigating officer Sergeant Jamie Dawson, said: “Burrell’s actions have left a lasting impact on the victim, who has suffered crippling anxiety as a result of this robbery.
“I’d like to thank him – and his parents – for their dignity and bravery throughout this investigation. Teams of officers have worked together to get this outcome, and Burrell thought he could evade us, but we’ve proved him wrong.
“No one should feel as threatened as the victim did that night – although these crimes can be scary to talk about, if you’re a victim of a robbery, I’d urge you to report it to us. You can do this on our website, or by calling 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”