Philadelphia Man Convicted for Violent Carjackings, High-Speed Police Chases

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Amir Wilson, 22, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was found guilty on Monday by a jury for his involvement in two carjacking incidents that took place in May 2021. The charges included conspiracy, two counts of carjacking, and using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence.

On the night of May 15, 2021, Wilson and his accomplices confronted a man on his way to work. Brandishing guns, they demanded his car keys at gunpoint before fleeing in both their original vehicle and the stolen car. Only hours later, in the early morning of May 16, the group targeted two men leaving a graduation celebration. After another armed confrontation, they left the scene in the victims’ vehicle.

The Philadelphia Police Department spotted the second stolen vehicle soon after and attempted to stop it, resulting in a high-speed chase. However, due to safety concerns, the pursuit was discontinued. The stolen car was later found abandoned.

The first victim’s vehicle was spotted by patrolling police officers on the evening of May 16. Another chase ensued, ending when the stolen car crashed into another vehicle and a fence at Germantown and Hunting Park Avenues. Wilson was seen fleeing the crash scene on foot but was apprehended shortly after. Digital and forensic evidence linked Wilson to both carjacking incidents.

U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced the conviction, stating, “Amir Wilson’s guilty verdict reaffirms our ongoing commitment to keeping our citizens safe. This case is another excellent example of ATF’s continued efforts working with our partners and proudly serving as part of the joint carjacking task force led by the Philadelphia Police Department.”

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ATF Special Agent in Charge Eric DeGree added, “The type of violent crimes committed by the defendant are the very reason the carjacking task force was created. The ATF will continue to support the Philadelphia Police Department and the United States Attorney’s Office, as we seek to create a safer city for the citizens of Philadelphia.”

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Philadelphia Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Priya T. De Souza and Martin E. Howley, Jr. are prosecuting the case.

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