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Judge to robbery suspect: Don't call me brother

Posted May 17
Updated May 19

Eric Matthew Angello, left, and Zaire Dyjuante Wright
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— A Wake County judge declined Tuesday to reduce million-dollar bonds for a pair teenagers accused of a series of business robberies.

"I'm 16, bro. I have my whole life ahead of me," Zaire Dyjuante Wright told the judge.

"Don't call me brother," Judge Keith Gregory replied, before declining to reduce Wright's $1.2 million secured bond.

Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Reimer said the pair – Wright of Wright Place in Raleigh, and Eric Matthew Angello, of Canemount Street in Wake Forest, both 16 – matched descriptions of men who robbed at least eight Raleigh convenience stores over the course of about three weeks, and that Angello's fingerprints were found at one of the crime scenes.

Wright argued that his bond was too high. "This is my first time," he said. "I don't do half the stuff they're talking about."

He faces 12 counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and kidnapping.

Angello faces 14 charges including robbery with a dangerous weapon, attempted robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. His bond was set at $1.5 million.

Each charge could cost the suspects up to 8 years in prison.

According to warrants for their arrests, Wright and Angello allegedly used a pistol and a large-curved knife to threaten clerks and customers at the convenience stores and steal cash. The assistant district attorney said that in some cases they hit victims with the pistol.

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  • New Holland May 18, 8:20 a.m.
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    yea, 16yo and out doing what they are accused.... what happened to do homework for school or chores at home? I believe the real story here is to hear from the parents. Of course the parents could be only one parent, and they are working 3 jobs to make ends meet. Some how there's been something that went wrong, blame parents, friends, relatives, or schoolmates. All of which should be controlled by the parents.
    How in the world did they think they could get away with a series of hold ups without getting caught or worse, killed?

  • Charles Edwards May 17, 8:13 p.m.
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    Reminds me of the old Cheech & Chong mantra (for those of us old enough to remember: "You've been busted!" Looks like the 16-year-old was counting on his age to get him out scot-free. The judge has called his bluff.

  • John Johnson May 17, 4:53 p.m.
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    Another Criminal, Looking for a Free Pass.. They Look Older than 16 !! I'm Sure their Victims Will Say, Like Their Parents will How Sweet and innocent they Are (NOT).

  • Kristen Ford-Newell May 17, 4:47 p.m.
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    They should have thought of others' lives too before planning out the robberies. I'm sure these weren't random acts since there were several. Armed robbery is a serious offense..the hell with your life now. I guess that's exactly how their parents thought also, since its so obvious they didn't teach them anything. Again parents don't care and are not responsible adults.

  • Tee Kdawg May 17, 4:38 p.m.
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    "I don't do half the stuff they're talking about."

    Uh yeah, even 1% of what you're accused of should put you away for quite the while.

  • Jeff Gameo May 17, 4:10 p.m.
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    They may have stood a chance if they had said "Your Honor" but down talking to the Judge is to be expected from people who have not learned to respect others' property or lives either.

  • James Barefoot May 17, 3:10 p.m.
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    If he stuck 1 gun in one persons face and robbed them? He deserves all he gets

  • Kathy Beasley Rivenbark May 17, 12:50 p.m.
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    Quite sure their proud parents are saying "It's all a mistake, they are good boys who were turning their lives around!" 16 years old and have ruined the rest of their previously
    pathetic lives but at least they'll be off the streets and unable to really hurt someone. SMH

  • Fanny Chmelar May 17, 12:40 p.m.
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    Uhm, yeah. There's this amazing thing that happens when you get a job: money comes your way every two weeks and you don't need to scare people and go to jail! I know - it's shocking!