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A man connected to an armed robbery and abduction case in the City of Williamsburg struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will require him to testify against one of his co-defendants in the case.
Derrick Antoine Smith, 34, pleaded guilty to abduction, robbery and use of a firearm earlier this month. He was arrested in August for his role in the abduction of a man and woman from their apartment on the 100 block of Merrimac Trail.
The couple claimed that three people – two men and one woman – forced them into a four-door Buick and demanded they withdraw cash from at an ATM from a nearby Wawa.
When the suspects tried to force the couple back into the car the male victim refused and the suspects left with the woman. The man called the authorities and officers spotted a car matching his description driving on Capitol Landing Road just minutes after they received the report.
The three suspects apprehended when police stopped the vehicle were identified as Derrick Antoine Smith, Tajaddin Ismael Fardan Daily and Jameka L. Smith. The female victim was not in the car at the time of the traffic stop and was later found at a nearby hotel.
All three suspects were charged with two counts of abduction, two counts of robbery, once count of conspiracy to commit a felony and one count of use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Derrick Smith was also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon.
Several charges against Derrick Smith and Jameka Smith were dropped at a hearing in September. Prosecutors dropped one count of abduction and one count of robbery against each of them, in addition to dropping the possession of a firearm by a felon charge against Derrick.
When he appeared before the court on Oct. 1, Derrick Smith pleaded guilty to the remaining charges against him, but the court deferred the guilty finding pending his cooperation with the prosecution in the upcoming trial of Jameka Smith, which is set for Nov. 18.
If Derrick testifies against Jameka, the prosecution plans to drop the use of a firearm charge.
The third co-defendant, Tajaddin Daily, is also scheduled for trial on Nov. 18.
Derrick Smith will appear before the court again on Nov. 23 for sentencing.