Reshaun Nembhard and Asonu McKenzie
August 21, 2023
Two men who went on a spree of violent robberies of high value watches last summer have been given lengthy jail sentences.
In a two-month period Asonu McKenzie and Reshaun Nembhard, both aged 29, committed 12 offences in which they cruised around an area in a silver Audi Q2 looking for people with timepieces such as Rolexes.
The robberies occurred between 25 May and 15 July across various parts of London including the boroughs of Hammersmith & Fulham and Wandsworth.
Once a victim was identified, one or two men would get out of the vehicle and approach them from behind. They were then struck on the back of the head with a blunt object. Once the victims were incapacitated, they would have their high value watches removed from their wrists.
The injuries caused to the victims ranged from minor grazes and lacerations, to fractured skulls, with one of the victims still under assessment for potentially losing his sight.
The investigation was led by detectives on the Robbery Investigation Team on the Central South BCU which analysed hundreds of hours of CCTV to identify the Audi and then trace the occupants.
Catching Nembhard involved a four-week manhunt including numerous enquiries at multiple addresses across South London and Essex.
Both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery and at Southwark Crown Court on 18 August McKenzie received a 14-year jail sentence and Nembhard received a sentence of eight years' imprisonment.
Acting Detective Sergeant Ash Francis, of Central South BCU, said, "I am proud of the investigation that was undertaken by officers of the Robbery team on the Central South borough command unit. This case demonstrates their dedication and tenacity. Their diligent investigation resulted in the arrest and conviction of two violent offenders.
"We are doing everything in our power to ensure that criminals are brought to justice. We understand the impact of robbery on victims and know that the effects are more than just the loss of property. Robbery is a violent and often traumatising crime, and we remain committed to tackling robbery in all of its forms."
Value Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More
This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.
Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.
We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.
However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.
We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.
A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.
One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.
If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.
For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.