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Two plead guilty to Raleigh restaurant robbery

Posted September 9, 2010

— Two people pleaded guilty Thursday to robbing the manager of a Cameron Village restaurant in February and leading Raleigh police on a chase, authorities said.

Shaniqua Shonta Burrell, 20, of 917 Beverly Drive, and Dwight Sherrod Taylor, 22, of 1208 Garden Grove Lane, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to rob a business in interstate commerce and carrying a firearm during a violent crime. They will be sentenced later, when they face up to life in prison and a $500,000 fine.

The manager of the Moe’s Southwest Grill in Cameron Village was robbed at gunpoint as he closed the restaurant on Feb. 11, and the robbers fled in a stolen Jeep Cherokee with two bank deposit bags, authorities said.

The robbers led police on a 7-mile chase before the Jeep crashed into a tree off Raleigh Boulevard. The robbers then tried to flee on foot but were apprehended by police, authorities said.

The other two defendants in the case Michael Javon Spencer, 19, of 5316 Pronghorn Lane, and Tahji Antoine Eley, 18, no address available, are awaiting trial.


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  • Retired07 Sep 9, 2010

    Send them back to Durham in a box. That was bound to thier country of orgin.

  • karenbloom Sep 9, 2010

    again - where are the parents of these teenagers? They must be so proud!

  • slappywhite Sep 9, 2010

    Yes we did !1

  • EverythingTicksMeOff Sep 9, 2010

    Aw shucks, why don't we just execute them? That'll show them liberal democrats what run this state. Sheeesh!

  • GWALLY Sep 9, 2010

    Federal chrges=federal time=federal prison...fantastic!! None of that NC liberal/entitlement, mamby pamby "revolving door" justice!!!!!

  • Duke _Nukem Sep 9, 2010

    If there are guns involved and the suspects are convicted felons, the federal government has the option of adopting the case. The federal government can give out stiffer sentences.

  • Mugu Sep 9, 2010

    I have another stupid question, why are the feds involved, there was no interstating... I'm glad that there are a few more thugs being locked up.

  • Baybee Doll Sep 9, 2010

    Yah this is in Raleigh, not Wilmington.

  • Surrey Hills Sep 9, 2010

    This is probably a stupid question. Why is this being reported out of Wilmington?

  • garnertoy Sep 9, 2010

    The courts need to do something now not a slap on the wrist or next time it will be worse.