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Pizzoli’s Pizza Bandit Pleads Guilty

The viral star of a mugging caught on camera pleaded guilty Friday to charges relating to a bizarre armed robbery last May at Logan Circle's Pizzoli's Pizzeria.

James E. Wade, 30, will be sentenced in November and faces up to 30 years in prison for the armed robbery charge.

In May, Wade casually approached two men eating outside Pizzoli's and asked them for some cash, then proceeded to pull out a gun. The cops posted the security video online as they searched for Wade, and it got nearly 25,000 views, largely because of the surreal calmness of the whole event.  (The video is no longer viewable to the public.)

But the video showed the two patrons calmly forking over most of their belongings. At one point, one of the men politely offers the robber a bite of his food, which was later revealed to be a decoy so he could hide his fancy iPhone 5. The Post reported that, upon one of the victim's requests, Wade even took the cash out of one of the wallets and left it behind so the victim wouldn't have to deal with the hassle of getting a new license and insurance card.

Video still via FOX5

 

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