A double murder suspect was once jailed for trying to break into the home of a Good Samaritan who had given him money and a jacket while he was living rough.
Drug addict Anthony Russell has been named as a prime suspect by detectives after mum and son Julie and David Williams were killed in Coventry.
The 38-year-old was today linked to the death of an as yet unidentified woman whose body was found in Newbold Comyn, near Leamington.
Police have warned the public not to approach Russell who was described as ‘extremely dangerous’.
But BirminghamLive can reveal he was jailed for two and a half years in 2012 after trying to break into the Leamington home of a woman who had shown him kindness while he was homeless.
The Good Samaritan had given Russell money and a warm jacket when she saw him on the streets in Christmas 2011.
But months later the Coventry drug addict paid her back by trying to steal from her home, as her husband was having a transplant operation.
Russell, then aged 30, had pleaded guilty to attempted burglary, two charges of burglary and asked for two more burglaries to be taken into consideration.
Prosecutor John Brotherton said the woman came across Russell who was begging in Leamington town centre.
After hearing his story of hardship and his supposed desire to ‘get back to the Isle of Wight,’ she took pity on him.
She took him back to her home where she gave Russell a warm jacket and £100 in £20 notes – only for him to return later claiming it was not legal tender.
She then drove him to Leamington railway station where she had intended to buy him a train ticket, only to find the booking office was closed; so they went back to her home where Russell collected his bicycle and rode away.
Months later, while the woman’s husband was in hospital undergoing a double lung transplant, Russell returned to the house and tried to break in.
He was later arrested after his fingerprints were found on one of the windows.
Samantha Forsyth, defending, conceded: “It was a mean offence against a lady who acted as a Good Samaritan.
”He has realised what his difficulties are; he is someone who has been addicted to Class A drugs for a long time.”
Judge Alan Parker told Russell: ‘‘The first offence was a thoroughly despicable offence because last Christmas, when it was bitterly cold, that lady had taken charitable pity on you when you were seen in Leamington going about your habitual business of begging.
”The facts of the offence speak of the kindness of the people who eventually became your victims.
”You repaid them by going back to their home at night nine months later and trying to get back in while the family slept and while her husband was in hospital having undergone extensive surgery. It defies belief that you could treat such kind people in such a contemptible way.”
A huge police operation is now trying to locate Russell, who has links to the south coast of England.
David Williams, 32, was found at a flat in Riley Square, Coventry, at about 11.30pm on Monday. He was last seen on October 20 and reported missing on Saturday. Julie Williams, 58, was found at her flat, also in Riley Square, just before 11pm on Sunday.
The causes of their deaths have not been revealed.
Police say the wanted man should not be approached.
Assistant Chief Constable Jayne Meir said: “I can’t stress enough how important it is that we find and arrest Russell, and we really need the public’s help to do that.
“Anyone who knows where he is or sees him should not approach him, but call 999 immediately.
“We know he sometimes sleeps rough, and is a drug user.
“It’s early in the investigation, but we have information to suggest that Russell may be linked to the death of the woman found near Leamington today.
“We are working hard to identify her, and to find and arrest Russell.”