New Jersey Man Sentenced for South Philadelphia Carjacking

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PHILADELPHIA, PA — Ronald Brown, 21, of Blackwood, New Jersey, was sentenced on Tuesday to 105 months in federal prison for a carjacking that occurred last summer. United States District Court Judge John R. Padova also ordered Brown to serve five years of supervised release following his imprisonment.

In February, Brown pleaded guilty to carjacking and brandishing a firearm during the crime. The charges stem from an incident on July 16, 2023, when Brown hijacked a Chevrolet Camaro at gunpoint outside a South Philadelphia Dunkin’ Donuts.

The day after the carjacking, police spotted the stolen vehicle and attempted to follow it. Brown managed to evade capture initially but was later seen again driving the stolen car. After a high-speed chase, he crashed the vehicle into a building and fled on foot. Police arrested Brown following a brief chase and recovered the firearm used in the carjacking.

“Carjackings terrorize their victims and can upend the entire community’s sense of security,” said U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero.

Eric DeGree, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Office, emphasized that federal penalties for carjacking are severe. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Kevin J. Bethel echoed these sentiments, highlighting the commitment of law enforcement to ensuring community safety.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Kwambina I. Coker and Robert E. Eckert prosecuted the case.

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