Philadelphia Man Charged with Multiple Counts of Carjacking and Firearms Offenses

US Department of Justice

PHILADELPHIA, PA — United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero has announced the arrest and indictment this week of Khalil Dickens, a 20-year-old Philadelphia resident, on multiple charges related to a series of violent carjackings in the city.

Between June and July 2023, Dickens and other individuals allegedly participated in eight armed carjackings and nine additional robberies across Philadelphia. Several of these incidents involved physical assaults or shootings directed at the victims.

Dickens faces one count of conspiracy, eight counts of carjacking and aiding and abetting, as well as four counts of using a firearm during a crime of violence and aiding and abetting. If convicted on all charges, he could face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department are jointly investigating the case. The series of crimes Dickens is accused of is part of an alarming rise in violent carjackings in the city, prompting increased attention from law enforcement agencies.

As this case proceeds, it’s important to remember that an indictment is merely an accusation. Dickens, like all defendants, is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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