Judge to robbery suspect: Don't call me brother
Posted May 17, 2016
Updated May 19, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.