Suspect pleads guility to 'takeover-style' robbery at South Hill McDonald's



Posted on March 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 2:32 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- One of several suspects police connected to a takeover-style robbery at a South Hill McDonald’s pleaded guilty Thursday.

The victims included six students from Ferris High School.

Dwayne Tolbert, 22, was expected to be sentenced, but the judge postponed it. Still, Tolbert took responsibility for his involvement in the robbery. He pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree robbery before a Spokane County judge.

Police say Tolbert and three others walked into the fast food restaurant and robbed several people and gunpoint. His family says they’re shocked.

“I was really surprised and upset by it because he’s a good kid,” Sandra Robinson, Tolbert’s mother, said.

She learned about the robbery after police arrested her son and several others a couple of months after it happened.

“This is the most stupid, outrageous thing that anybody could think of. I think those guys weren’t right in their minds and just acted on a dumb thought,” she said. “You don’t know what’s gong on in kids’ heads nowadays. I just wish I could have been there for him, if I knew he had these bad thoughts.”

 Police also named Tolbert and six others for their connection with an armed robbery at a Zip Trip on Francis.

Tolbert faced up to 15 years in prison if a jury convicted him of the McDonald’s robbery. With his plea, prosecutors recommended three years.

“I think he just got caught up with the wrong crowd and did the wrong thing,” Robinson said.