A Bedford man, who attempted to rob a woman and then, just moments later, punched a man in the face and robbed him, has been jailed for nearly three years.
Matthew Davis, 47, of Coventry Road, Bedford carried out his attacks at around 2am on 6 April, in Bedford town centre.
Davis approached his first victim on the High Street and asked her for a cigarette. As she handed one over, he grabbed her and demanded to know where her purse and money was.
The victim fought back and after a brief struggle outside the The Brewhouse and Kitchen pub staff came to the victim’s aid and Davis ran off.
Just 10 minutes later, on Ashburnham Road, Davis approached a man who was on his way to the train station and punched him in the face.
The victim fell to the ground, and Davis continued to attack him before stealing the man’s wallet.
Officers who were already looking for Davis, after being alerted to the first incident, found him on Ashburnham Road and detained him.
It was then that the second victim approached police to tell them what had just happened.
Upon checking the victim’s wallet was found in Davis’ pocket.
Davis pleaded guilty to one count of robbery and another count of assault with intent to commit robbery.
At Luton Crown Court today (5 Jun), he was jailed for 33 months.
Detective constable Tracey Litchfield, who led the investigation, said: “Davis preyed on two victims who he thought would be easy targets.
“This kind of predatory behaviour, combined with the level of violence Davis displayed, justifies the significant sentence we have seen given out today.
“Both victims showed tremendous courage in resisting Davis during these unprovoked attacks, and have been left understandably shaken by their ordeals.
“It is right that he has been taken off the streets and I hope he spends his time in prison reflecting on his actions and the hurt he has caused.”