Salisbury Man Convicted of Armed Robbery, Assault

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A Salisbury man has been convicted of armed robbery and first-degree assault among other charges, following a two-day jury trial. The charges stem from an incident On March 13, 2022, in which Kendal Lee Smiley stole a silver handgun from a relative and walked a short distance to the Pizza City located on Carroll Street in Salisbury. Smiley covered himself in a grey hooded sweatshirt, red sweatpants, and a red plastic mask before entering the business. Immediately upon entering, he pointed the handgun at two employees and robbed the store of the money within the cash register. Sentencing was postponed pending the completion of a Pre-Sentence Investigation. Smiley remains in custody pending sentencing.

Additional Information from the Office of the State’s Attorney–Wicomico County

On January 18, 2023, after a two-day jury trial, Kendal Lee Smiley, of Salisbury, Maryland was convicted of
Armed Robbery, two (2) counts of First-Degree Assault, two (2) counts of Firearm Use in a Violent Crime,
and related charges. The Honorable W. Newton Jackson III, Senior Judge of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, presided over the trial. Sentencing was postponed pending the completion of a Pre-Sentence Investigation. Smiley remains in custody pending sentencing.


On March 13, 2022, Smiley stole a silver handgun from a relative and walked a short distance to the Pizza
City located on Carroll Street in Salisbury. Smiley covered himself in a grey hooded sweatshirt, red
sweatpants, and a red plastic mask before entering the business. Immediately upon entering he pointed the handgun at two employees and robbed the store of the money within the cash register. After fleeing the establishment, Smiley discarded his clothing in the relative’s backyard trashcan and fled the area. Police made initial contact with Smiley in the area approximately ten minutes after the robbery took place, but his clothing did not match the clothing description provided by the victims.

Smiley was released from police contact and continued to a local hotel to use the stolen money to pay for his stay. Shortly thereafter, police located the clothing items and mask that were discarded in the trash can. The items were sent for DNA analysis which confirmed that Smiley was the individual that wore all three items. Wicomico County State’s Attorney (SA) Jamie L. Dykes commended the members of the Salisbury Police Department for their work and quick action in the investigation, specifically thanking Officers Tobias and Doyle, as well as Detective Miller. SA Dykes also commended Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Bourdon, for her advocacy in this case.


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