Teenager who wore a skull mask while robbing train passengers at knifepoint in London is jailed

Tyron Franka, 18, terrified train passengers

Tyron Franka, 18, terrified train passengers

Tyron Franka, 18, terrified train passengers

A teenager who threatened train passengers with a huge knife has been jailed for five years.

Tyron Franka committed a series of frightening robberies while wearing a skull mask on trains and near stations in the capital.

The 18-year-old from Kenley in Croydon told train passengers on board a Southern Rail train ‘you’re getting ganked’ last November when he robbed them at knife-point.

The following day Franka snatched another person’s phone and shouted ‘skidaddle before I get a knife out’.

In the same month he targeted two boys while wearing the frightening mask.

The terrifying robbery of train passengers was captured on CCTV in London 

The terrifying robbery of train passengers was captured on CCTV in London 

The terrifying robbery of train passengers was captured on CCTV in London 

Franka can be seen targeting a man sitting down in one of the seats on the Southern Rail train

Franka can be seen targeting a man sitting down in one of the seats on the Southern Rail train

Franka can be seen targeting a man sitting down in one of the seats on the Southern Rail train

Tyron Franka targeted people on trains and around stations

Tyron Franka targeted people on trains and around stations

In order to keep himself hidden and scare his victims the teenager wore a skull mask (left)

He was also caught on CCTV robbing an Armani bag between Purley Oaks and Kenley train stations. He also threatened to stab them.

Detective Sergeant Joanna Montague, of British Transport Police, said: ‘Passengers, most of whom were young teenagers, were undoubtedly very intimidated by Franka’s actions.

‘His behaviour and his reckless decision to carry and threaten people with a knife are all reflected in the severity of his sentence.

‘This case is an excellent example of the strength that CCTV plays in bringing offenders to justice.

Franka pleaded guilty to four counts of robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.   

The blade which was used by the teenager who his behind a mask to rob people of phones and bags in the capital

The blade which was used by the teenager who his behind a mask to rob people of phones and bags in the capital

The blade which was used by the teenager who his behind a mask to rob people of phones and bags in the capital

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