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Two plead guilty to Raleigh restaurant robbery

Posted September 9, 2010 10:25 a.m. EDT

— 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.