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April 24. 2013 2:20AM

Portsmouth man expected to admit to several crimes

BRENTWOOD - A Portsmouth man charged with carrying out a series of armed robberies in Portsmouth and Hampton with a pellet gun intends to plead guilty rather than going to trial.

David Wilson, 28, informed a judge on Friday that he has agreed to plead guilty after he was indicted on charges of felony robbery and theft on two of the Portsmouth cases.

Prosecutors have yet to say whether the plea deal will also resolve a third armed robbery of a pizza shop in Hampton.

Terms of the deal have not yet been made public. Wilson will enter his guilty plea on May 28 in Rockingham County Superior Court.

Hampton police arrested Wilson and charged him with robbing a Dominoes Pizza on Route 1 in Hampton last Jan. 31.

The arrest for the Hampton case happened exactly a year later as Wilson was being held at the Rockingham County jail.

Police said Wilson was matched to DNA samples retrieved from clothing that the robber had tossed nearby the scene.

Wilson allegedly carried out all three robberies using a pellet gun.

Last Jan. 29, Wilson entered a Tedeschi Foods market on Islington Street at 5:15 p.m, brandishing what appeared to be a handgun, according to prosecutors.

The Hampton robbery happened two days later, when Wilson allegedly showed the weapon to a store clerk and said, "Give me all your money. Go faster, I don't want to hurt a woman, just cash. Where's all the money? Is the safe locked?" The clerk handed over a small amount of cash. Wilson allegedly dumped a sweatshirt, cap and bandana.

A worker at a nearby auto shop reported to Hampton police last Feb. 1 that he found a sweatshirt outside that resembled one described by police.

That same day, Wilson was back in Portsmouth where he allegedly attacked a woman who was walking along the Vaughn Mall in the Worth Parking lot shortly after 8 p.m., striking her repeatedly with a pellet gun that broke, according to court records.

Portsmouth police tied Wilson to the robberies in their town using DNA evidence and recovering pieces of the pellet gun that were broken during the attack last February.

The robbery charges are punishable by up to 7½ to 15 years in prison. Wilson also faces a charge of receiving stolen property for being in possession of stolen chain saw parts last April 2.

jkimble@newstote.com


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