For Immediate Release
3 Men Indicted for Carjacking and Using a Firearm During a Crime of Violence
MEMPHIS, TN– Elden Collins, 25, KolonjiWarren, 24, and Kristopher Harris, 23, have been indicted for the federal offenses of carjacking and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. D. Michael Dunavant, U.S. Attorney announced the indictment today.
According to the indictment, on July 17, 2019, the victim was seated inside his vehicle at the Pump and Munch gas station on East Shelby Drive in Memphis, TN. Collins and his two accomplices drove a tan Jeep SUV to the gas station, and pulled alongside the victim's vehicle.
Harris, pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim, firing one shot into the front passenger-side window of the vehicle. After the victim fled, Warren entered the victim's vehicle and drove away. One shell casing left at the scene was collected as evidence.
Part of the carjacking incident was captured on video surveillance, which confirmed the suspect’s vehicle in the area and showed Warren enter the gas station prior to the carjacking. During the course of the investigation the defendants were all positively identified.
If convicted of the carjacking offense, the defendants each face sentences of up to 15 years imprisonment; a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. If convicted of using a firearm during a crime of violence offense, the defendants each face an additional mandatory minimum consecutive sentence of 10 years imprisonment; a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.
U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "Under our Carjacking Initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is continuing to coordinate with our federal and local law enforcement partners to prioritize and target carjacking cases for aggressive federal prosecution. This indictment demonstrates our resolve to incapacitate the most violent offenders, uphold the rule of law, deter criminal conduct with a strong message of significant consequences, and make our community safer."
This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Assistant U.S. Attorney Wendy K. Cornejo is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.