Man jailed for five years after series of knifepoint posts robberies against teenagers in Harlow

Crime / Sat 9th Jul 2022 at 12:56pm

A MAN, who committed four knifepoint robberies in a two-hour spree, has been jailed for five years.

Rudy Junior Bagalo, 22 of Stagden Cross, Basildon, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday 7 July where he was sentenced to five years for a series of offences. The investigation, managed by Harlow CID, started on Wednesday 23 March this year, when they received several calls, reporting knifepoint robberies near the town centre.

The first of these occurred shortly after 4pm, when a young victim was approached by a man on a bike and told “give me everything you’ve got”. He was then shown a large knife. The victim was then punched in the face before having his bag stolen. Just twenty minutes later, a 15-year-old victim was at a bus stop in Barley Croft and had his bag stolen by a suspect who was wearing a balaclava. Within the next hour, another knifepoint robbery and attempted robbery was reported with the victims having air pods and bank cards stolen.

Investigating officers acted quickly, within hours enforcing a Section 60 authority in Harlow Town Centre giving officers additional stop and search powers. Details of the crimes were quickly circulating on social media and officers received vital information from the public.

These actions pointed officers in Bagalo’s direction, who was arrested the following day at an address in Basildon. Phone work showed Bagalo in the area of the offences around the exact time they were committed.

Further enquiries showed that Bagalo had attempted to buy cigarettes with the bank card belonging to the first victim. This was unsuccessful due to the victim cancelling their card. He was swiftly charged with three counts of robbery, common assault, attempt robbery, fraud by false representation and possession of a bladed article.

He appeared in Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday after pleading guilty to these offences, as well as breaching his suspended sentence for a previous offence, and was sentenced to a total of five years.

Sergeant Paul Marks said: “Rudy Bagalo brought fear to several victim’s daily lives that night.

“I was pleased with the dedicated work our detectives in Harlow CID did to identify this individual and the work of our Operational Support Group to locate Bagalo within hours of the offences being committed, after he had fled to Basildon.

“With the quick work we were able to secure these charges with the CPS and remand him, immediately removing him from the streets.

“Bagalo entered Harlow to commit crime and consequently left innocent members of the public feeling unsafe. I hope this sentence reassures those affected that bringing a blade into Essex will not be tolerated.”

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4 Comments for Man jailed for five years after series of knifepoint posts robberies against teenagers in Harlow:

2022-07-09 13:05:57

Good work by the police. Good that the public provided information It would be interesting to know what social media platforms were used

2022-07-09 13:07:07

I remember when these crimes first got reported so glad they've apprehended the man involved. Hope all the people who were victims of this person can move on with their lives and not let it bother them too much👍 Well done to the police staff for getting him convicted👍

2022-07-09 17:06:28

Five-years? Is that it? Disgraceful.

2022-07-10 18:54:27

What a scumbag. I hope he suffers in prison.

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