No one is calling him Maurice, but Deon Stewart proclaimed himself a gangster of love Wednesday and admitted to a string of Omaha robberies.
In a rambling jailhouse press conference, the 21-year-old Stewart said he committed 14 robberies in four days so he could get his share of the “silver and gold” that he feels is his due.
Stewart said he was surprised by how easily clerks gave up the money when he flashed his silver pistol, and even says some of them might have wanted him to have the cash.
“One night, I just went into every store that I could to get my silver and gold,” Stewart said. “I put a gun to them and told them to give all the money.”
Stewart, who said he never got past 11th grade, said he robbed on behalf of his family and children. He said he has five children by four “baby mamas” and loves each and every one.
“In some people's eyes, I made a bad decision,” he said. “But if I never took a risk then I never would have seen that silver and gold. Eventually, I was going to stop when I had enough money.”
Asked if he belonged to a street gang, Stewart said: “I'm in a gang but it's not the right gang. Love is the gang I'm in now.”
Stewart said he wanted to admit his guilt so his children and other young people will learn from his mistakes. He said he plans to return the money and is sorry that he used a gun in the robberies.
“I wouldn't hurt nobody,” he said. “I (had a gun) because of who I was riding with . . . in case they had a gun. People you ride with can be your enemy some time.”
Omaha police said they were able to identify Stewart because of the “flamboyant'' clothing he wore during the robberies, including a pink hat and red shoes.
Stewart said he wore the colorful clothing because he didn't intend to hide from anyone.
“I wasn't trying to hide my face. I wasn't trying to hide anything,” Stewart said. “I knew I would get caught. Some people knew me. They seen my face before.”
Stewart allegedly robbed the businesses, mostly convenience stores, from Nov. 7 through Sunday. He hit two of the businesses twice. He remains in the Douglas County Jail awaiting a court appearance.
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