NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A suspected gang member is telling his side of the story.
Yasir Smith was arrested this week for a shooting in December in Suffolk. Authorities named him one of the most wanted men in Hampton Roads before arresting him earlier this week.
“I’m not a bad person,” Smith said.
Smith says he wants to set the record straight.
“I didn’t try to hurt anybody,” he added.
Smith is being held in the Norfolk jail. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder after allegedly breaking into a car in Suffolk.
“I’m not going to say what I did is the right thing,” he said.
Police say on December 8, Smith broke into a car on Bennetts Meadow Lane. The couple who lives there came home to find him still inside. Smith says he feared he was going to get run over by the victim.
“I got out of their car and that man came full speed like he was going T-bone me,” Smith added. “I jumped out of the way and just gave warning shots.”
The couple’s car was bullet riddled, but they weren’t hurt. Smith went into hiding and knew U.S. Marshals were looking.
“I just didn’t want to die,” Smith added. “If you ask the Marshals what I was saying when I turned myself in, just don’t kill me.”
Smith was brought to tears talking about his grandmother who raised him. She convinced him to turn himself in.
“I been trying to get my life together for my grandma, because I been trying to prove to her I am going to be all right at life before she dies,” Smith said. “I’ve been trying to be the better one out of all of us. I been trying to show everybody different.”
Smith is very aware if he gets convicted he could spend a lot of time behind bars, a thought that he regrets.
“I want to plead guilty if I don’t have the rest of my life to spend here or if I don’t have a big portion of my life here,” Smith added. “They can do whatever they want to me, but I’m just hoping they don’t just take all of these next years and let me come home when I’m old.”
Smith is facing those charges in Suffolk, and also has drug charges from Norfolk and Chesapeake. A preliminary hearing of March 13 was set for his Suffolk charges following a Jan. 14 arraignment.