Fourth man pleads no contest in Fairbanks theater robbery

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The fourth man accused of robbing a Fairbanks theater on Super Bowl Sunday has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Emmanuel Webster, 18, pleaded no contest Monday in Fairbanks Superior Court to one count of robbery. As part of the agreement, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison.

The deal was nearly identical to those reached in recent months by three others charged in the robbery: Dennis Lindsay, 19, Mario Wriston, 18, and Maurice Wiggins, 18.

According to police, the four men accosted a Regal Cinemas employee as she was leaving the theater building shortly before 6 a.m. on Feb. 3. All wore masks and one of the men was armed with a handgun, which was later found to be a carbon dioxide pellet gun.

As one man stood watch outside, the other three took the employee to the manager's office, where they spray-painted over a security camera and forced the employees to open the safe.

The robbers tied the employees up with computer cord and fled with about $7,000 in cash and $500 in gift certificates.



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