Ayman Ghazoni forced people to make cryptocurrency transfers at knifepoint
A man from Acton has appeared on the list of ten robbery offenders issued by the Metropolitan Police as part of a London wide crackdown on this kind of crime.
The man, whose last known address was in the area, is wanted for three violent robberies. In February 2022, at a hotel in Kensington, he threatened the victim with a knife and made them transfer cryptocurrency. He robbed another victim of bitcoin and jewellery in St John’s Wood in the same year.
In November 2018 he robbed a victim for cash at knifepoint also in St John’s Wood. At that time he was preying on people who had placed their mopeds and mobile phones on online marketplaces.
He is also wanted on recall to prison for breach of his licence conditions.
The drive by the police to arrest outstanding offenders is part of ongoing activity to drive down robbery offences ahead of the summer. Robbery is the biggest contributor to youth violence in London with 24 per cent of robberies being knife enabled.
The Met says it is ensuring a strong presence in robbery hotspots, with the aim of deterring offenders and reassuring the public.
Detective Chief Superintendent Lee Hill, of the Violent Crime Taskforce, said, “With summer around the corner, we are increasing our efforts to bear down on robbery and arrest these individuals to bring them to justice.
“These offenders have caused fear and think it is ok to steal from our communities. It is our priority to arrest them to prevent them from causing further harm. The impact of robbery can be long-lasting and have a devastating effect on the victim, who often feel a total loss of control.
“These 10 individuals have been involved in some violent and frightening attacks. My message is clear – we will not stop looking for you until you are arrested. Do the right thing and hand yourself in at your nearest police station and you can begin to turn your life around. You will not be able to evade justice forever.
“In the Met we are working hard to tackle robbery. There are dedicated, proactive units working to locate offenders across London. We are focusing our resources in hotspot areas and putting our officers where they are most needed.
“We routinely carry out arrest enquiries to locate outstanding offenders, but we also need the help of the public. If you know where any of these offenders are, or happen to see them while you are out and about then I urge you to pass on information to us as soon as possible.
Details of the other individuals being sought:
• Jamie Reese Bagnall, 23, last known to reside in Wickford, Essex, is wanted for an armed robbery in October 2021 in Chadwell Heath. He was part of a group armed with knives who poured acid on the face of the victim, kicked and punched him and stole his watch.
• Iosif Marius Amarandei, 22, last known to reside in Basildon, Essex, is wanted for three robberies committed in the summer of 2021 in Harold Hill, Dagenham and Romford. On all three occasions arranged to meet the victim in order to buy a car, he then robbed them of cash and valuable items. On one occasion, he pointed a gun in the victim’s face. He is also known to have carried a knife.
• Beniamin Cosmin Boros, 33, last known to reside in Kingsbury, is wanted for a violent robbery in Edgeware in October 2021. He beat up the victim and robbed him of his wallet, mobile, keys and van.
• Joshua Clarke, 32, last known to reside in Westminster, is wanted for a robbery in Kensal Town in August 2021. He befriended the victim then punched and kicked them in order to steal mobile phones and a wallet to the value of £750
• Swaleh Ahmed Swaleh, 23, last known to reside in Romford, is wanted for an armed robbery in Ilford in September 2021. He held a knife to the throat of a victim and robbed him of his pedal cycle.
• Mason Bradley Luxon, 24, last known to reside in Romford, is wanted for an armed robbery in Romford in November 2019. Three men approached the victim with a knife and demanded they hand over their property.
• Soufian Chafi, 20, last known to reside in Marylebone, is wanted for aggravated vehicle taking and GBH with intent in Maida Hill in May 2022. He was part of a group that chased the victim, stabbed him in the eye and stole his vehicle, later crashing it. He is also wanted on recall to prison for breach of his licence conditions.
If you see any of the wanted offenders call the police immediately on 101 or dial 999 if it’s an emergency. If you don’t want to speak to the police, you can call the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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June 16, 2022