Man jailed over violent crime spree
A violent robber who stabbed two teenagers during a month-long crime spree has been jailed for 15 years after we linked him to the nasty attacks.
Giovanni Campbell knifed a 17-year-old boy following an altercation in Dudley High Street on 29 June - for the second time in just two weeks - and was arrested after brave officers rushed to the scene and found him hiding in a hedge.
The victim suffered a stab wound to the back, which was fortunately not life-threatening, and investigations identified Campbell as having attacked the same boy in the town centre earlier in the month causing minor chest and arm injuries.
Further quick-time enquiries established Campbell as being behind a number of other violent offences.
He and an accomplice had approached two men in Kitchener Road, Kates Hill, and demanded their mobile phones on 14 June.
Campbell tried to search the pockets of an 18-year-old and ran after him, flailing a knife, as the target managed to get away.
However, he then returned to assist his partner in crime by dragging the weapon across the hand of the other man. He also stabbed the 19-year-old in the leg as an iPhone was taken.
We also used descriptions and information from other victims to link Campbell to other robberies where victims were threatened or assaulted for their phones.
He punched a 15-year-old boy in the face and made him get off a bus travelling between Wolverhampton and Birmingham; and also forced another teenager to hand over his device at Dudley bus station.
The 21-year-old of Reservoir Road, Rowley Regis, was convicted of wounding the 17-year-old with intent following a trial.
He pleaded guilty to other charges of wounding, robbery, attempted robbery and having an offensive weapon between 28 May and 29 June. He was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court last Friday (21 February).
DC Pat Lewis, from CID, said: " Campbell is a dangerous man who not only intimidated but willingly attacked victims with a knife - including the same boy twice.
"He used excessive violence to predominately target mobile phones in and around Dudley and the bus network.
"Officers were quick on the scene following his last attack and, despite the risk of him carrying a knife, tracked him down hiding in a hedge.
"Knife crime and violence won’t be tolerated and those involved face losing their freedom for a long time."