Boy, 10, helps catch violent Forest Gate robber
- Credit: Nigel Sutton
A child aged 10 has been praised for his heroic actions in helping to catch a thief from Forest Gate.
Eugene Williams, from Station Road, and his younger brother Devlin, who lived in Hirst Crescent, Wembley, robbed Tania Levenfiche as she arrived at her home in Hampstead.
One of the crimes they committed was a broad-daylight attack on Tania Levenfiche as she arrived home with her ten-year-old son Didier in Wildwood Road, NW11.
Devlin and Eugene grabbed her from behind and put her in a headlock as they ripped out her earrings and tried to grab her watch. The family dog tried to protect his owner, so they kicked it.
This entire ordeal happened in front of Didier, who memorised the men’s faces and raised the alarm.
His actions led to police identifying the brothers, and Didier was named Westminster police’s hero of 2016.
Didier’s mother Tania said: “My son did not know what to do as he stood helpless but thank goodness had the sense of mind to push the panic button. As he said to me after the attack “Mummy I felt so bad I couldn’t save you”.
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“He has since had continuous nightmares about the attack and is so scared to get in and out of the car in our driveway at any time of the day or night. He has not slept a whole night since the incident and also is very disturbed by the fact that the attackers kicked our dog over and over as she tried to jump up at them to help me.”
She praised the detectives on the case for “taking these dangerous creatures off of the streets”.
They brothers were linked to a string of other similar jewellery robberies.
Two weeks before the attack on Tania, they ripped a diamond ring off the finger of a woman in her sixties, and hen Eugene Williams was arrested on August 18 2016, he was wearing a £9,000 Rolex Daytona watch and a diamond signet ring later valued at more than £20,000.
It emerged that he had also bought a Ducati Superbike for £10,000 cash.
He pleaded guilty on 8 December 2016 to robbing four women between 19 November 2015 and 13 June 2016 as well as possession of criminal property. He was jailed for eight years. His licence was also extended for three years.
Devlin Williams pleaded guilty to one count of robbery on 13 June 2016 and two separate offences of robbery committed on 4 and 7 August 2016. He was sentenced to six years and eight months’ imprisonment. His licence was also extended for three years.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Martin Thomas said: “Eugene and Devlin Williams are dangerous criminals who targeted innocent people across London.
“Thanks to Didier’s attention to detail, both men were arrested in August 2016 and successfully picked out at an ID parade. Didier’s brave actions directly led to them being brought to justice and we are very proud to have named him as our hero of the year.”