Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Love Park Carjacking

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Michael Boyer, a 31-year-old resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to ten years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. The sentence was handed down by United States District Court Judge Timothy J. Savage and announced by United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Boyer was convicted for a carjacking incident that occurred near Love Park in Philadelphia.

The incident unfolded on May 22, 2022, when Boyer used a BB gun, modified to look realistic and equipped with a laser sight, to carjack two men sitting in a car. Boyer threatened the victims, demanding they leave the keys in the ignition. When one of the victims attempted to retrieve a backpack from the vehicle, Boyer escalated his threats. He was later identified by one of the victims due to his distinctive “Uptown” chest tattoo and lack of a shirt during the crime.

Boyer’s freedom was short-lived as Philadelphia Police officers located him and an accomplice driving the stolen car in West Philadelphia just twelve hours later. A high-speed chase ensued when the officers attempted to stop the vehicle. The pursuit ended abruptly when the stolen vehicle struck a teenager riding a bicycle. Following a foot chase after the crash, both men were apprehended.

U.S. Attorney Romero highlighted the significance of Boyer’s sentencing, stating it sends a clear message to potential carjackers. She emphasized the commitment of law enforcement to ensuring the safety of citizens. Romero praised the joint carjacking task force led by the Philadelphia Police Department for its efforts to hold violent individuals accountable.

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ATF Special Agent in Charge Eric DeGree echoed Romero’s sentiments. He underscored the recklessness of Boyer’s actions, which not only threatened the victims of the carjacking but also endangered the public during the subsequent police chase.

The case was a joint investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Special Assistant United States Attorney Brian Doherty and Assistant United States Attorney Christopher E. Parisi prosecuted the case.

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