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Mom: Robbery, shoot-out suspects 'made bad decisions'

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The only survivor in a Friday night shoot-out with police was in court this afternoon. Jalani Smith made a video appearance from jail as his family watched in the courtroom.

"Unfortunately, they made bad decisions, and we can't take that back," his mother Regina Smith said.

As Smith's family sat in a New Hanover County courtroom Monday afternoon, they saw and spoke with their son for the first time since Friday night's shoot-out telling him they love him and to keep his head up.

"He is not a bad child, and we want him to know we are behind him 100 percent," Regina Smith said.

Investigators say late Friday night Smith, Ronald Dashawn Roland and Tevin Robinson robbed the Pizza Hut on S. 17th St. As they left police were waiting. Police said when the trio failed to follow commands from officers, gunshots were exchanged. Smith survived, but Roland and Robinson died.

"As a mother, I lost two boys: Ronald Roland and Tevin Robinson," Regina Smith said. "They're both our kids. They were in the home with us all the time."

Smith is sitting in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1.5 million bond.

As he waits to learn his fate, his father has a message to his alleged victims.

"To the family of the victims, we as parents, would like to apologize on behalf of our kids' mistakes, and hopefully this is a learning curve for all others," Fredrick Smith said.

Wilmington Police say Friday night's shoot-out does not clear the string of restaurant robberies. WPD and several other agencies are still investigating.

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Pizza Hut robbery

I was born and raised in Wilmington and visit regularly, so I am well aware of how much my city has changed. It is heartbreaking that so many youths are turning to crime, drugs and violence. This issue is nationwide and includes families from all race, economic backgrounds and upbringings. I know for a fact, all the good parenting and love in the world can not prevent individuals from making poor choices. I am sure Jalani's parents do not condone his actions, and they are not going to turn their backs when he needs them the most. I understand a crime was committed, but lives were lost and please have respect for those families.

people are tired of hearing

people are tired of hearing that jibberish " lets think of the ones families that were lost" that crapola is old now!!! people have said that for years and years and people[victims and their families] are sick of hearing it. put a band aid over that bleeding heart of yours and take a firm 100% stand against the thugs. It is better for the THUGS families to grieve than the protectors and innocent families grieve.

tired of hearing (deputy25)

I won't apologize for having compassion for human life. It is not up to me to judge and I plainly stated that we all should come together for the sake of our future. I don't have to defend my heart because I am human and have feelings. Criminals are still people and it is sad for any parent to bury a child, no matter the circumstances. That has nothing to do with a "stand against thugs." I pray for victims and those that victimise, we need peace.

MISTAKES!!! are you kidding.

MISTAKES!!! are you kidding. this was intentional MAMA!!!!! i wondered how long it would be before some family member say he was " a good boy" really. good boys do not rob and shoot at cops. THUGS DO. get off your soap box mama, you FAILED!!!

THUGS, THUGS, THUGS ,THUGS.

THUGS, THUGS, THUGS ,THUGS. People we have seen this going on for the past year or more. I hate someone lost their life in this case but they were dealt with what they were seeking. SORRY! Let's don't forget about the young man downtown killed and robbed for his phone, sandwich, and what little bit of money he had. He was white. Killers were black. I don't really give a crap what color either one of them were. But what really pisses me off is to hear the family members of these thugs, white or black, or Hispanic, Asian . Folks let's face it no one is perfect. But again I am damn tired of these family members coming into the media spotlight saying how good their child was. He's been or she a great kid. Quit making excuses. No one feels sorry for you're child being killed robbing innocent people and then trying to shoot at authorities. Realize people no matter what race you are, we all are humans and have feelings. Thank god for what you have and please talk to you're kid folks. They always need mentoring. Thug ism isn't helping anyone. Black people you are killing you're on race yourself. So please quit blaming the white man. Slavery has been over with. I am 38 year old white man. Not a racist bone in my body. Best friend is black. So please stand back and look what is happening. ALL RACES. Please.

robbery shootout at pizza hut

It has been my understanding that if you were involved in commiting
a crime and someone died you could be charged with capital murder.
Is this correct and if so why hasn't the surviving robber been charged with murder since his two friends died during the commision of a crime?

felony murder rule. yeah

felony murder rule. yeah where is that at?/

The Family was very brave

The Family was very brave and strong to come out and apologize and admit that their son was wrong and yes, made a very bad decision. They were not blaming the police or any other person. That took alot. The parents are not always around when children make bad decisions and often do not know the kind of things they do when they are away from them. NO PARENT DOES!! I would like to applaud the family for speaking out and apologizing to the families that this may have affected.

Y'all need a Lesson on Scripture...

The family and friends of the criminals love to selectively quote passages from the Bible -- "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone" which refers to the death sentence for adultery. Today adultery is not a crime -- the police have more important matters to attend to, like armed robbery and kidnapping.

Rather the family should take heed in the following:

As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy."

and

"The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear."

I truly believe that the scripture was fulfilled in the deaths of these two Evil doers, and let the family teach the survivors to follow a path of holiness and to use FRATERNAL CORRECTION to help others.

FYI, FRATERNAL CORRECTION was practiced by Christ himself:

Fraternal correction is the admonishing of one's neighbor by a private individual with the purpose of reforming him or, if possible, preventing his sinful indulgence. This is distinct from an official disciplining, whose mouthpiece is a judge or other like superior, whose object is the punishment of one found to be guilty, and whose motive is not so directly the individual advantage of the offender as the furtherance of the common good. In ethics, this is, upon occasion and with due regard to circumstances, an obligation. This is a conclusion not only deducible from the natural law binding us to love and to assist one another, but also explicitly contained in positive precept: "If thy brother shall offend against thee, go, and rebuke him between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou shalt gain thy brother" (Matthew 18:15). Given a sufficiently grave condition of spiritual distress calling for succour in this way, this commandment may exact fulfilment under pain of mortal sin.

even the BIBLE speaks of the

even the BIBLE speaks of the DEATH PENALTY 3 times!!

@ REGGIE It would appear to me that YOU are very selective

in the scriptures that you posted! The parents/friends can post or refer to whatever Scripture they need in order to help them get through this unfortunate situation with a sane mind. Fall back

Good start

"To the family of the victims, we as parents, would like to apologize on behalf of our kids' mistakes, and hopefully this is a learning curve for all others," Fredrick Smith said.

That is a good start, but accept the fact that criminal behavior isn't a mistake, it is an active choice made by all 3 guys. Quit calling criminal acts mistakes.

Sorry, You are Wrong

Some kids just turn out wrong no matter what you do. By saying that these kids did bad because of bad parenting you are taking away personal responsibility. You either believe in FREE WILL or not, you can't have it both ways. I have some less than exemplary family members, and believe ME their parents have done all they can do. At the end of the day, how you live your life is up to you!

That said, the parents saying these were good kids are not helping because they are mitigating the seriousness of their actions. Sometimes, you have to let your kids take the consequences, good or bad, and that is what is missing here.

bad decisions? you think?

bad decisions? you think? good for you putting 2 and 2 together. maybe you should've thought better before bringing a child in to this world you couldn't properly raise and teach to make good decisions.

I didn't realize you knew their parents

So, you were there watching these families raise their children??? You sound so matter of fact that these parents did not raise their children properly. You are a nut

Just a mistake? Wow

My oldest son made "just a mistake" when he was in school and got into a fight, that was a mistake but I assured him I would not tolerate any such behavior again, well years later my son has been in multiple situations and all I can say is sorry son its your fault your decision and cant help you. He is a screw up. Yes I pray that he will change but to this date he has not changed. I will not say how good he is or back him up. So face the facts that those kids were a product of a welfare society living a life believing that someone owes them.v They got what they deserved. Sorry.

STOP WITH THE HURTFUL REMARKS

Just to let you guys know... those young men family members have read your hurtful comments and it's uncalled for. They are in mourning and your racist comments is ungodly. How can you look at yourself in the mirror knowing that you have added to this family's grief? Karma is something. Remember what you put out there in the universe will come back to you. Whatever seeds you sow, you will reap one day. That is a FACT! Just pray for the victims and the families involved. Remember the families didn't do anything wrong. They are just as shocked as the next person. But regardless of what your loved one does, you will stick by them no matter what. You wouldn't or shouldn't expect anything less from their family. Please, you can share your opinions without being disrespectful to the young men family. That will be all

Justice needs to be served

I was robbed of over 1000$ worth of technology and cash on Tuesday night; the same night and same car of the robbers at the Glenn. I worked and paid for (without the help of the gov't mind you) these items. This nonsense has to stop. There are so many savages in this city; jail times need to be increased, jails need to be expanded and built, and the death penalty should be dealt like a deck of cards in Go Fish. Get these savages off the streets. Where is Rudy Giuliani. I hope this useless, drain on society is fried. Examples need to be made. I couldn't care less about how the parents or kid feels about this issue. And as stated previously, this is America where speech is our greatest freedom. If you don't like it, get a visa for Liberia. Ill even buy you a plane ticket.

Hey 'save our youth'.....

Hey...I'm going to say something here that LOTS of other people would like to but won't. YOU are the racist if that is always your response when someone tells you the truth. Karma IS something. People in this city are fed up to their eyeballs with this garbage. Don't expect for people who are in fear of leaving their jobs at night or opening up their doors, to have pity on ghetto scum. This WASN'T any choice. This is a way of life that MUST end.

GUEST 6858 your display of ignorance is deplorable

How did you take what I said and turn it around and call ME a racist??? You are clearly delusional. My reference to those posting hurtful comments does not mean I'm a racist. So take your white pointed mask off your face and get a life. Although I no longer live in the Port, my heart is still there. I bet you were not even born in the Port. My heart hurts for my city and the youths that are lost. I am not saying what they did wasn't wrong. I'm simply asking people to refrain from posting hurtful remarks that the family IS READING! JUST STOP IT!!! The family did no wrong... they are just being there for their son AS THEY SHOULD! Jalani needs the support of his family now more then ever. He has lost his 1st cousin and his best friend b/c of their actions. Don't punish the family for doing what's best for their loved ones. I bet you were there for someone you've loved regardless of what they did. If you say you didn't... then you are a LIAR!!!

The family...

The family has the option NOT to read it. This is America. People can post and people and read it or not read it. You said that you no longer live in Wilmington. Then you DON'T have to worry about someone sticking a gun in your face or trying to come after you at night. No one said the family wasn't hurting. When the media picks that up only, they make less valid the actual crime which HURT ANOTHER FAMILY!!!!! Get it? When you come back to live here...then have an opinion.

ACTUALLY I WILL BE IN THE PORT THIS WEEKEND

DON'T TELL ME NOT TO HAVE AN OPINION ABOUT MY HOMETOWN! BORN AND RAISED THERE AND NOTHING WILL STOP ME FROM VOICING MY CONCERNS OVER MY CITY. YOU HAVE SOME NERVE... YOU BETTER GET YOUR LIFE!! Now back to lower case letterings.... I can see that you have no respect for others. You need less of YOU and MORE JESUS in your life. If you are an atheist, it's never too late for you either. I'm done with this conversation. You are clearly ignorant and off your rockers. #GetYourLife

Your energy....

Your energy could be better spent, if you really love this city, organizing meetings, doing community watch, etc. I seem to be hitting a lot of nerves of yours. Don't use the Son of the Holy Father to get out of an argument, okay? Tacky...very tacky.

Amen. The parents sound like

Amen. The parents sound like wonderfully nice people and obviously love their son a.d have done their best to raise him in the right way. Bless you parents for being behind your son to love him.

Let's talk about the case of Peyton Strickland

Who on here remembers Peyton Strickland? Oh come on, think back. You remember the white kid along with his 2 friends that severely beat down a young UNCW student in a parking lot and stole his 2 newly purchased Playstations. Nowwww you remember, right. Remember how they robbers had pictures on facebook posing with firearms. Sherriff Causey was quoted as saying "Anytime that someone beats a person severely and commits an armed robbery, I certainly would consider him a risk and a danger”. While trying to serve Peyton a warrant for his arrest he was shot and killed because they thought he was armed, only to learn he was holding a game controller. So let’s see… we have a thug who beat down a fellow student and robbed him of something he stood in line 3 days to buy. Was shot by a specially trained team who only knew this kid attacked someone and has posed with weapons on facebook. If this had been a black kid, this would have been end of the story right. Yeah Right! But nope, it wasn’t. Well, it turns out this kids father is a well-known attorney in Raleigh/Durham area. All of a sudden the tide had changed and the SWAT team that killed the teen was then under scrutiny for the shooting. An Ex-Cop was charged in this shooting. And this is what Peyton’s family had to say after the indictment of this cop. "This indictment is an important first step in holding accountable everyone responsible for Peyton's death — but this is only a first step," his parents, Don and Kathy Strickland, said in a written statement. "None of these actions can bring Peyton back to us, but perhaps they can save someone else's child." Wow! Unbelievable. Their son and his 2 friends had attacked and robbed a young man… beat him to the ground! And Peyton’s family wanted justice for his death. (The same justice Trayvon Martin’s family wanted for the senseless murder of their son who did NO wrong to deserve his death) Ok, back to Peyton. So his parent’s won a 2.5 million wrongful death suit against NHC Sherriff’s Dept. That means YOU/WE the taxpayer had to cough up that money to pay the Strickland’s for the crimes their son committed. Also, they won a settlement from UNCW for 150K for his estate. And what did Peyton’s family say about this? Don Strickland also said he hoped the settlement would go a long way toward restoring his son’s “great character and good name by having the truth about him come out through this litigation.” THERE’S MORE.. “We are pleased that we were able to ... make Wilmington a safer place – which is a fitting tribute to Peyton’s memory,” the family statement said. **SAFER??? Their Thug son was the one going around robbing people… but they are making Wilmington SAFER!!*** And get this folks…The UNCW statement acknowledges that Peyton Strickland was unarmed at the time of the shooting, did nothing to provoke the gunfire and had no criminal record. Also, that Peyton was a “local college student in good standing, a friend to many and a talented young industrial artist.” OH YOU THOUGHT I WAS DONE… HOLD ON THERE’S MORE. A memorial to remember Peyton Strickland was set up at Cape Fear Community College's welding department. A plaque was revealed memorializing Strickland through a scholarship program set up in his name. WTH!!!! This Thug got a plaque hanging at the local College. Un-freaking-believable!! Why?? Because he was WHITE and his Dad was a top notch attorney. BOOM! So what say you folks. Here you have a young 18 year old son of an ATTORNEY that beat someone down to the ground and then robs him.. is honored by your local college with a plaque and the city awarded his family with 2.5 million. How do you feel about that? Was he too a good kid? Did he deserve to die because of his actions? Did HIS parents not raise him right… are they to blame for his actions? In the case of Jalani, his parents are good hard-working people. Jalani was a College student at A&T. His parents were so proud of him when he went off to college. They did the best they could with their son, but he made bad choices along the way. As we all make in life. One sin is not greater then the next sin. Sin is Sin! Don’t sit on your high horses and act like your poop don’t stink just because you are sitting behind a keyboard typing racist comments. Our youth are in trouble and we need to find out a way to help them. Not wish death and destruction… but speak LIFE. Food for Thought

What is your point?

Let's see, Peyton Strickland had a game controller in his hand, hence the legal settlement; these boys came out of the public place they JUST robbed by force, with guns blazing. I fail to see your point. Stop making this a racial issue, it's a criminal issue.

It has AlWAYS been about

It has AlWAYS been about race. But instead of being ignorant because its not a factor in your life, open your eyes and take a look

And Trayvon Martin had Skittles and Ice Tea in his hands

So What's your point?? Remember Sean Bell's shooting in NYC? If you don't.. here's the report of what happened and how justice was NOT served for this young black man. REPORT: The Sean Bell shooting incident took place in the New York City borough of Queens, New York, United States on November 25, 2006, when three men were shot at a total of fifty times by a team of both plainclothes and undercover NYPD officers, killing one of the men, Sean Bell, on the morning before his wedding, and severely wounding two of his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman.[1] The incident sparked fierce criticism of the police from some members of the public and drew comparisons to the 1999 killing of Amadou Diallo.[2] Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial[3] on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, and WERE FOUND NOT GUILTY.

Sooooooooooo.. Sean Bell did nothing to PROVOKE his untimely death. But Peyton's parents get 2.5 million because they said their son did nothing to PROVOKE them shooting at him?? Yeah Right!! THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ABOUT RACE. UNFORTUNATELY

OriginalWilmingtonian

My initial comment was strictly pointing out that the two situations you were comparing are INCOMPARABLE. No need to go into every case where you perceive a black man was wronged... You and those of your ilk are the reason "everything is always about race".

It is very much COMPARABLE Guest221

Everybody knows that when a case is tried that the attorney always go back to similar or like cases to see how it was handled. That's what I did to prove a point. I'm not here to dig up EVERY case where a person of color was wronged. That would take too much time.. it's TOO MANY!! I didn't make it about race... the rude commenters did. In my response to them is when I made it about race by simply pointing how the people of Wilmington are bias. Where was the fuss at when it came to Peyton Strickland?? The standards set by many on here is that Peyton was a Thug and deserved to be shot by the police. I'm against violence and would never wish someone's death. I'm just simply pointing out how the views of the commentators change when color comes into play. It's not right at all.