911 tapes describe events surrounding Pizza Hut shooting

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Submitted: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 3:15am
Updated: Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:40pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Newly released 911 tapes are shining a new light on the way events unfolded outside a Wilmington Pizza Hut on Friday night.

A shootout with police outside of the restaurant left two men dead and another wounded.

In a city where police have increased patrols to control the crime it appears that one officers trained eye may have made all of the difference.

On a recording sent to WWAY by New Hanover County Dispatch a Wilmington Police Officer is heard reporting suspicious activity outside of the restaurant before any calls were made to 911.

Police say around 11:45 p.m. Friday, three men approached an employee outside the Pizza Hut at 2402 S. 17th Street. Investigators say Jalani Smith, 20, Ronald Roland, 18, and Tevin Robinson, 20, all from Brunswick County, forced the employee back into the restaurant at gunpoint and robbed the people inside.

When the suspects left the building they met police officers outside. WPD says the suspects refused commands from officers and gunshots were exchanged. All three suspects were injured and taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Roland and Robinson were pronounced dead a few hours later.

Smith has been released from the hospital and is now in the New Hanover County Jail under a $1.5 million bond. He is charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery, multiple armed robbery charges and four counts of first degree kidnapping.

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13 Comments on "911 tapes describe events surrounding Pizza Hut shooting"

2015 years 8 months ago

Sorry…if you’re robbing a business; holding employees at gunpoint and taking what doesn’t belong to you, you are A THUG..PERIOD. No ifs, ands or buts about it.

2015 years 8 months ago

It doesn’t matter if one was in the Navy and college and one was an athlete. All of that was flushed down the drain the moment they decided to commit armed robbery. That added thug to their list of achievements. At least you are calling what they did decisions and not the usual excuse of ‘they made a mistake’ when there is no mistake.

Port City
2015 years 8 months ago

These boys had no business robbing anyone. This is a shameful incident for all involved.

2015 years 8 months ago

It is not a shameful incident for all involved. The robbery victims did nothing shameful. The officers did nothing shameful. The only shame rests with those who chose to carry weapons into a business, detain the people there, rob the business and refuse to comply with lawful commands given by the police.

2015 years 8 months ago

So we have a police officer radio dispatch to say something is wrong at the Pizza Hut and she (the dispatcher) tells him to 10-12 (stand-by) for a minute we don’t have a call there yet. It is a good thing the officer did what he did or this would have ended differntly. In an area where Pizza Huts have been repeatedly robbed no dispatcher should tell an officer to stand-by. They need to hold all traffic and send units that way, period!!

Good Job Law Enforcement!!!

2015 years 8 months ago

What no one is reporting is that the WPD and NHC Sheriff’s offices went and talked to just about every fast food and pizza restaurant owner in the city and told them they would have a bigger presence around most places on or near closing time and that they could call the police before exiting the building and have a cruiser in the area when they came out.
This was a concerted effort by the WPD, NHCSO, and business owners/operators who are also putting in additional camera’s within their establishments when possible.
To those who want to reduce crime in their neighborhoods – like Creekwood and Houston Moore – this is how it’s done. You work WITH police, and you identify the criminals and you try to minimize he risk by having the police there at the time of greatest risk.
Kudos to all concerned and especially to those business people trying to protect their employees.


2015 years 8 months ago

Thanks for a fine job. The two thugs deserve to be put in the ground, out of harms way. Do this a few more times and maybe we can begin to get control of our streets again. It would be nice to be able to walk around the city and not constantly look over your shoulder in fear. As for the thug in jail; all citizens should be watching his fate – if he is let out on parole – take the name of the judge and do your part to make sure he is not reelected.

2015 years 8 months ago

why would you say that , these people do have loved ones that is reading this

2015 years 8 months ago

You’re pathetic. Just so you know one of the guys was in the navy and also a college student so he was not a THUG. He made a bad decision and that is all. The other guy was a athlete who made a bad decision as well. Nobody knows why it took place but I personally know these guys and they were not raised that way. So don’t JUDGE somebody unless you know them. MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU

2015 years 8 months ago

You should remove the “ed” from the end of the name you are posting under and replace it with “ing”.

Big Tom
2015 years 8 months ago

Somethings never get old.

SOU Background
NYPD’s SOU was formed in response to an out-of-control crime wave in the late 1960’s. Victims were mom-and-pop candy and grocery stores, motels, hotels and Western Union offices doing cash transfers. The SOU methodology was simple. Review those businesses that had been robbed multiple times, survey the location to see if there was a good position in the business in which to hide (or build one), check possible angles of fire so as not to endanger any innocents, assign two or three SOU officers armed with handguns, shotguns and rifles, and wait for a robbery to occur. Most times, they did not have to wait long and often had to shoot, because many robbers chose not to surrender. A few officers were wounded, but none were killed. The resisting armed robbers were not so lucky.

Job Well Done!

2015 years 8 months ago

If gun shots were ” exchanged” with the police; why is Mr. Smith not also being charged with assault with a deadly weapon on an officer and attempted murder?

2015 years 8 months ago

Disgusted is not the one responsible for the pain of the families. That solely lies with the armed robbers who refused to relinquish their weapons and obey the lawful commands of the police officers. The pain of the family is on the hands of those who committed the crimes, not the ones who exercise their freedom of speech.