The Wilmington Police Department released video taken on Apr. 2 recorded by a WPD in-car camera while responding to a call at 3500 Converse Drive (State Employees Credit Union). The video was taken from the dashboard camera of a K-9 Unit that was responding to an alarm from the bank.
Summary of incident
Credit union employees reported that a man entered the building and approached a teller. He extended his hand as if to indicate he wanted something, but he did not present a weapon. When the teller did not respond, the man walked over to a woman and her child at the change machine. He grabbed a dollar and some change the woman had on the counter. Then he walked out of the bank and got into the passenger side of a tan colored vehicle.
Credit Union employees activated a panic alarm and the bank went on lockdown. A WPD K-9 officer and WPD investigators were able to stop the vehicle on Independence Boulevard and remove the passenger, Roy Augusta Smith II, and the female driver, Shanita Wynette Reid. Both were arrested.
Before being transported to the New Hanover County detention facility, Smith was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center for suspected drug use. He was booked at the New Hanover County Detention facility and is in custody under $10,000 bond.
The driver, Reid, was charged with resist/obstruct and delay. She posted bond and was released.
The video was released on Apr. 3 following a review by WPD’s Internal Affairs. Any time officers use force during an arrest, they are required to provide additional documentation, which is then reviewed by Internal Affairs to make sure procedures were appropriately followed.
See a 4-minute video of the incident taken from the dashboard camera of a WPD K-9 Unit with narration from Cpl. Kevin Smith