Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Newark Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking

NEWARK, NJ—A Newark man today admitted his role in a carjacking in Newark on March 14, 2012, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Anthony Reynolds, 18, pleaded guilty to an information charging him with one count of theft of a motor vehicle by force, violence, and intimidation before U.S. District Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Reynolds admitted that on March 14, 2012, he was a passenger in a BMW that had stopped at an intersection in Newark. Reynolds exited the vehicle and approached the driver’s side of a Porsche 911 Turbo that was stopped behind the BMW. Reynolds brandished a .38-cal. revolver at the driver of the Porsche 911 Turbo and ordered the driver out of the car. Once the driver got out of the car, Reynolds attempted to drive away in the Porsche 911 Turbo, but was unable to operate its manual transmission. A police chase ensued on foot and the police apprehended Reynolds.

The carjacking charge to which Reynolds pleaded guilty is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison and a fine of $250,000, or twice the gross amount of any pecuniary gain or loss from the offense.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael B. Ward in Newark, with the investigation leading to today’s plea.

Sentencing before Judge Cavanaugh is scheduled for January 22, 2013.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dara Aquila Govan of the Organized Crimes/Gangs Unit in Newark.

Defense counsel: Joseph Ferrante Esq., Newark

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