Mom: Robbery, shoot-out suspects ‘made bad decisions’

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Submitted: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 3:51am
Updated: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 12:22pm

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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64 Comments on "Mom: Robbery, shoot-out suspects ‘made bad decisions’"

2015 years 8 months ago

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.

2015 years 8 months ago

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!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

felony murder rule. yeah where is that at?/

2015 years 8 months ago

Your comments about the Peyton Strickland case — ya know, him being white, having a daddy who’s a lawyer and getting a huge settlement for being wrongfully shot by the cops led me to infer that you indeed, did, make this about race. My point was police serving an arrest warrant and police arriving upon the scene of an armed robbery in progress with multiple suspects are not the same situations.

Matt Schultz
2015 years 8 months ago

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.