WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The lone surviving suspect from last fall’s Pizza Hut robbery in Wilmington, which ended with police shooting the suspects, has pleaded guilty.
Jalani Smith admitted this morning to four counts of common law robbery and two counts of kidnapping.
Police say Smith, Ronald Roland and Tevin Robinson robbed the Pizza Hut on S. 17th Street the night of Oct. 25. Police say they watched as the men inside brandished weapons and ordered employees around the building.
When they exited, officers were waiting. Investigators say when the suspects refused to follow orders and ran toward officers, the officers opened fire. Roland and Robinson died. Smith was injured.
According to our partner at the StarNews, testing later determined Roland was armed with a flare gun and Smith had a BB gun, said District Attorney Ben David.