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
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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.

64 Comments

  • Guess says:

    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.

  • deputy25 says:

    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!!!

  • deputy25 says:

    felony murder rule. yeah where is that at?/

  • Guest1221 says:

    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 says:

    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.

  • LaShaine says:

    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.

  • LaShaine says:

    I have known her since childhood and what you THINK about her is not true. Who is to say your child won’t make a poor choice that could affect the rest of his life? Does this mean that the parents of school shooters, drunk drivers, bank robbers or teens that text-n-drive and kill someone, are horrible parents too? All you can do is teach them and pray the do the right thing. I guess your son has never and won’t ever make a bad choice in life because then you will be “awful” mother and shouldn’t have any more babies!

  • Guest1221 says:

    Sorry, it’s a figure of speech. There was no intentional sensationalizing on my part.

  • deputy25 says:

    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.

  • deputy25 says:

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

  • windy says:

    Well, except for when they were out robbing innocent people, disrespecting authority, and creating danger for society.

    Such FINE boys, indeed…

  • truthseeker says:

    Your visits will be on one weekend day and only once a month. While in prison he can do “good” ole boy chores. Sweeping, mopping and cleaning the toilet. If he is real “good” maybe he can stay out of segregation. He will be free in around 50 years where “good” citizens will be free from his terror.

  • ILMC says:

    You don’t call armed robbery and attempted murder a MISTAKE! What BS!

  • Guest45 says:

    Only mistake! The taxpayers are going to have to pay for this one to sit in prison for years at
    $30, 000+-. He already had charges against him and was due in court in Feb. The parents should be made to take care of him since he is such a good kid. Once a THUG always a THUG!. Mark my word. When he gets out, he will be right back on the streets doing the same thing.

  • Vog46 says:

    “they JUST robbed by force, with guns blazing.”

    Just where did you read that?
    According to most of the stories I have read the robbers came out and were verbally asked to stop. They ignored the police. All stories say that gunfire erupted at THAT point.
    There are some questions here, no doubt. Did the Police warn, and then fire, a warning shot? Did the robbers shoot first?
    I will assume the Police went by the book as they are trained to.

    This news is bad enough without sensationalizing the story itself, there is no need for that. As far as we know now the police did their jobs and did them well, but all reports so far indicate guns were not blazing as the robbers came out of the restaurant. The police would probably want to get separation between the robbers and the restaurant before they accosted them – which is what the news stories imply so far.

    Vog

  • Guest1221 says:

    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.

  • guest8675309 says:

    Is part of the problem. Awful parenting, she doesn’t need to have any more babies. My teenage son isn’t out robbing businesses, kidnapping employees, etc. Face it, she was not there for them. They were playing with fire and they got burned big time. Great job by the police!! Employees at these businesses can sleep a little better now.

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    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

  • saveouryouth says:

    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

  • I Care Why says:

    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.

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    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

  • baddecisions says:

    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.

  • Cornelia Watkins says:

    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.

  • beth says:

    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.

  • Family says:

    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.

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    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

  • guesty says:

    “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.

  • AND YOU ARE says:

    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

  • areyouthejudgeandjury says:

    I bet that stone you are throwing at this family had to be picked up by a bulldozer b/c you sins are no better I suspect. One sin is not greater then the next sin. Remember that before you throw stones. What should we call it then?? The young men made an immoral and dishonorable decision to do what they did. And did they actually prove that the young men came out with guns a blazing? I want to see some evidence showing that the young men’s guns were fired at the cops. Let justice prevail and let all the evidence in the case be presented in court. Maybe the overzealous cops overacted. We don’t know until all evidence is presented.

  • Guest1221 says:

    Maybe it’s always been about race to you…

  • Guest1221 says:

    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”.

  • guest7897 says:

    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

  • Guest 6858 says:

    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.

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    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.

  • Reggie says:

    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.

  • Anon223 says:

    Wow you sound very ignorant. This isn’t her “teenage son” this is a GROWN man if you can’t clearly read it states that he is 20 years old last time I checked 20 years old isn’t a teenager. And who are you to say anything about this woman’s parenting? Did you watch her raise her child? I don’t think you did and until you are the PERFECT parent you shouldn’t speak on anyone else’s parenting skills. You’re right your child isn’t out robbing and etc but is he/she the.perfect child? If so please let me meet he/she everyone makes mistakes and you’re a complete fool if you don’t believe so. This woman shouldn’t be criticized for her parenting because of what her child did I’m sure she tried her absolute best to raise him and give him all or love because if not she wouldn’t be by his side. She admitted her son was wrong at least she’s not trying to deny it. So just show a little respect and think before you speak and leave these parents alone they can’t help what their children did you act like they are the one’s who committed the crime. They are already paying dearly for it there’s no need to add on to their pain.

  • Anono2323 says:

    Attempted murder? Where’s that at I must’ve missed something

  • LaShaine says:

    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.

  • saveouryouth says:

    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!!!

  • chuck Lanier says:

    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?

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    Just be respectful and mindful of others when commenting. See how Guest1221 and I had a very productive conversation without being negative and disrespectful. Others, please take note of how to communicate like adults. smh @ Guest1221, Yes, we can both agree to disagree. I had made the reference to Peyton’s race and his Dad being an attorney to make a point. People are always pointing to the parents when our adult children make bad decisions in life. My pointing out his Dad is an attorney is to say that it doesn’t matter what background or how much money you have can deter a person from committing a crime. Would one rather believe that Donald Strickland didn’t teach his son to get a good education and stay out of trouble?? So why would people blame the parents of these young adult men?? It’s not right. btw, I have nothing against the Strickland family…I’m just using their case as a point of reference.

  • Guest6858 says:

    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.

  • Guest1221 says:

    Perhaps I deducted the completely wrong idea from your original post. I thought you were implying that because Peyton was white and his dad is a prominent attorney, that that is the reason the case played out the way it did and why they received such a substantial settlement. I suppose I missed your correlation with comparing these two separate situations.

    I agree, with you that blaming the parents is ridiculous. Truly, the blame should fall squarely on these boys who decided to rob the Pizza Hut and upon no one else.

  • saveouryouth says:

    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

  • originalwilmingtonian says:

    And I’m not being facetious at all!! That’s some real talk. How dare you come at this Mom unfairly. You don’t know her or anything about her parenting skills! Did the police really do that great of a job?? I need to hear all the facts before I can make that assumption. Did those young men really shoot at the cops…or did the cops just started shooting out of fear??? It’s funny that even after this incident, that there was yet another robbery at a pizza place. So How’s that Sleep working for you????

  • Guest6858 says:

    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.

  • frank slightom says:

    but a card laid is a card played……suck it up and deal with

    the ramifications….and they probably didn’t even order a pizza.

  • guest123 says:

    You “good” child is under a 1.5 million dollar bond!!! wow–you must be so proud of him. He made a decision with his friends that instead of working for money he would take a gun and rob a restaurant and terrify people. He made a chocie not to obey the commands of law infocement when he came out from his robbery spree. Yep, your boy is such a good boy! Maybe when he was a boy but he grew up to be a thug and thief as an adult. He’s gone away soon where he will never terrify or rob the public again. we will sleep better at night. His good ole boy “friends” will now be worm bait. may they rest in peace–if that is what theives do when they die.

  • Tracie C says:

    “he is not a bad child”???!!???
    Would you like me to do for your “child” what I’d do for one of my own sons in this situation?
    Obviously, your answer is “no”. You wouldn’t do like I’d do.
    If you did, those words would NEVER leave your lips! YOUR kid is a CRIMINAL. Let me repeat: YOUR KID IS A CRIMINAL. (Let’s all hope he doesn’t have kids of his own being raised up to put their heads in the sand).
    a “good” child: does NOT make plans to grab a gun, hold people hostage with said gun and try to rob a restaurant.
    Actions like that are NOT “mistakes”.
    I feel sorry for you, I truly do. Not because you lost a child but because you lost your “fantasy” your child was “good”.

  • Truman48 says:

    “He is not a bad child, and we want him to know we are behind him 100 percent,”

    Call the mothers of the employees he threatened with death and ask their opinions of your child. Good luck being behind 100% pile of chewed bubble gum.

  • byrdman13 says:

    Well, let’s see how the crime scene looks in the next week or so.
    I believe the number of incidents will probably drop, just call me silly! Life in the Spotlight sure looks a Whole lot different when
    you have Incoming Fire from not so Weak Opponents!! Keep up the Great
    Work WPD and NHCSD!!

  • Troy says:

    I would love to see it stop all together, but they will most likely go to the push-in robberies now that the heat is on, and the restaurants are being staked out. The families and friends of people working fast-food should go to the restaurants at close just to have some support and protection around. Tailgate in the parking lots and they won’t hit that place that night anyway. These guys are straight up cowards, and just like cockroaches they scatter when you turn on the lights. Happy hunting WPD/NHCPD, unrelated but why so many squad cars at the Gas station on N. 23rd? State, and city cars like 7 of them at a time, scatter guys, that station is safe with just one car.

  • guest3367 says:

    Not a bad child?…..yeah, Ok….

  • Kincaid says:

    I am so disgusted with hearing the family and friends of the deceased saying how great these criminals were and making excuses for them. These crimes were not one-off mistakes, but fit a pattern of antisocial criminal activity that hurt our community. We are now learning that Robin was just arrested for home invasion — and I am sure there are dozens of crimes he has gotten away with. I have carefully reviewed information about the criminals — and indeed they appear to be excellent athletes at North Brunswick HS. In other words, these kids benefitted from our communities public education system, and yet repay us with domestic terrorism. I live near the Pizza hut and heard all the shooting. Again, I cannot believe some of the comments — for example, arguing that Pizza Hut has plenty of money and the deceased were just trying to feed their families. We truly have a criminal underclass in this community that is Evil.

  • triedof judgementalppl says:

    Who is Robin? Romans 2:1
    You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

    They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” JOHN 8:7

  • Anon2323 says:

    Okay so first off there was no “Robin” involved if you’re referring to “ROLAND”then yes he’s committed crimes but he also payed the price for them. These boys robbed a Pizza Hut not a national bank. Now was it okay for them to do it? No it wasn’t. BUT they shouldn’t have lost their lives over the situation. Did you know these guys personally? I didn’t know them well but I know very many of their loved one’s are hurting because of this and you adding on all this disrespectful stuff isn’t making it any better. And you’re EVIL leaving this hate just let these families grieve and stop slaughtering their names and their children’s names!

  • Anonymous says:

    Everyone who has something bad to say , really needs The Lord, it’s obvious that none of you have him. We all have made mistakes before. No man is perfect . God forgive everyone for their sins. Why do you think he died on the cross? Yes they were wrong in what they did, but guess what , God still loves them , & so do I . (: have a blessed day

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    …the police should let the survivor go free?

  • gramps1945 says:

    I wish what you said was true. He’ll be back out robbing, and getting arrested, in less then 5 years. Great job WPD. Too bad the courts aren’t giving you much help.

  • Ashley says:

    Look up James 4:12 in the bible and ponder on that for a moment. God’s words, not mine.. I’m just the messenger.

    Ps. You might want to learn how to spell correctly before you write such cruel words. It’s enforcement NOT inforcement. :)

  • Miesha says:

    NO ONE IS PERFECT! WHAT SO EVER..IF YOUR KIDS GOT A BAD GRADE IN SCHOOL OR YOUR HUSBAND CHEATED ON YOU AND WALKED OUT ON YOU OR IF YOU EVEN CURSED OR WISHED BAD THINGS ON PEOPLE OR SAID BAD THINGS ABOUT PEOPLE KIND OF LIKE YOUR DOING NOW,WHAT DOES THAT MAKE YOU?? OH ANYTIME YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES DO ANYTHING THAT THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSE TO DO, DO YOU CLASSIFY THEM AS “BAD” ? OK NO ONE IN THIS WORLD FOLLOWS THE RULES OR OBEYS THE LAWS BECAUSE IF THEY DID WE WOULDNT EVEN HAVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE LET ALONE A JUDICIAL SYSTEM!!!!!! I MEAN REALLY SO YOU CAN CUT THEBS, BECAUSE THERE IS NO PERFECT CITIZEN SO YOU CAN CONTINUE TO READ AND DO YOUR OWN LITTLE INVESTIGATION ABOUT THIS CASE, BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY HAVE NO LIFE..I MEAN WHO MAKES TIME TO INVESTIGATE SOMETHING THEY ARE NOT GETTING PAID FOR?? OH THESE PERFECT CITIZEN WITH NO CRIMINAL RECORD AND NO TICKETS HA! TO SUM EVERYTHINGUP, PEOPLE ARE GOING TO TALK GOOD OR BAD, BUT IN ALL REALITY YOU SHOULD JUST MIND YOUR BUSINESS AND KEEP ALL YOUR COMMENTS TO YOURSELF YOU ANONYMOUS CYBER PUNKS!!!! GOODNIGHT NO LIVES. I love you jay

  • Anon2345 says:

    Okay so do we have a psychic here? Who are you to say what he will or won’t be doing. You guys act like you know so much when really you don’t know anything when it comes to this case. These boys robbed pizza hut and they are just so evil right? Yeah they made a mistake everyone does but we have MURDERS walking our streets we have MURDERS “protecting” us. These boys were wrong their families know that but the price they have to pay for it is just ridiculous when you have rapists murders etc walking free. And as for the “connection” to the recent robberies my opinion and very many other’s opinions are WPD are saying this just to make it look like they did us a favor and to make it look like they solved something. Pizza Hut had already been robbed once you think they would rob the same restaurant (different locations)?

  • getalife says:

    And yes Jalani’s Father did make a comment you jerk. He apologized to the families for the acts of the young men. Please.. Get a life

  • Guest Reply Redux says:

    …then the Police saidith…”Stopith where you areith thousist…you are under arrestith”. But they didn’t you seeith. Then…all of a suddenith…Bada Bingith…Twas All Overith, all except the ambulance taking thou’s to the Doctor placeith.
    (GUEST REPLY REDUX 10:29:13) “ith”

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