Man Murdered For Watch

27th July 2017

Detectives are today, Thursday, 27 July, renewing their appeals for information and witnesses after a man out on a night out with his girlfriend was shot at and stabbed by two thieves on a moped who targeted him for his Rolex watch.

At 00:15hrs on Saturday, 15 July, Danny Pearce, 31, of Bromley and his girlfriend and friends were walking home from Oliver's Jazz Club, in Nevada street when they were confronted by two men on a moped in King William Walk, SE10.

The men demanded Danny handover his Silver Rolex Datejust 2 2017 Rolex watch. Danny refused to hand over his property and was then subject to a sustained and violent attack that would result in his murder.

CCTV footage released today, captures the two suspects at Texaco Petrol Garage in Creek Road, SE8 just minutes before they launched their fatal attack.

Detective Inspector Jo Sidaway, who is leading the investigation, said: "The level of violence used against Danny was horrendous. Moments after he refused to surrender his personal property, the first suspect produced a large knife and began chasing and stabbing him whilst the second suspect produced a hand gun and shot in the direction of Danny as he ran for his life.

"The sight of this large weapon and sounds of gunshots terrified not only Danny's friends but also local residents and it is only by sheer luck that those with Danny did not suffer serious injury or worse as a result of the repeated shots fired.

"Danny sought help at a nearby address but was fatally attacked by the suspects who showed no mercy and only stopped their attack when the victim's girlfriend shouted out to them that she would give them the watch if they ceased their attack. Without a hint of remorse they then took the watch and fled the scene in the direction of Nevada Street, SE10.

"We have previously released images of the two men we are eager to trace and speak to and are today releasing moving footage in the hope that it will help the public identify those involved.

"Our investigation has led us to believe that the two culprits involved are also connected to two other robberies one in Greenwich on 11 July the other in Southwark on 13 July. On both of those occasions individuals were targeted for their wristwatch and threatened with weapons which were not used.

"It is vital that those involved are identified and brought to justice before anyone else is seriously harmed as they clearly do not hesitate to use deadly violence."

"If you have any information that could help us, we would urge you to come forward as soon as possible."

Danny was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics shortly after the attack. His next of kin have been informed. A post-mortem examination took place on Saturday, 15 July, and gave the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds.

The Met's Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating. No arrests have been made.

Anyone that can assist the investigation can contact the incident room on 020 8721 4005, or police via 101 or Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.

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