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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Tennessee

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
D. Michael Dunavant
, United States Attorney
Contact: Cherri Green

Five men Indicted for Carjacking and Armed Robbery in Memphis

 

Memphis, TN – Five individuals have been indicted for carjacking and armed robbery. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the indictments today.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee has responded to a recent increase in the number of carjackings in the district by obtaining indictments against five individuals each responsible for violent carjacking incidents involving the possession and use of firearms within the past year.

The five defendants listed are currently in custody:

Jherrick Grimes, 25, Memphis, TN

Lorenzo Davis, 29, Memphis, TN

Angelo Bunting, 20, Memphis, TN

DeQuan Blackmon, 19, Memphis, TN

Harry French, 20, Memphis, TN

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "While recent reports indicate that violent crime rates in all major categories are declining, carjacking offenses in Memphis have spiked and increased an alarming 87% in the past year. This trend cannot continue, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is coordinating with our federal and local law enforcement partners to prioritize and target carjacking cases for aggressive federal prosecution. These cases demonstrate 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 us all safer."

Jherrick Grimes

Count 1 charges that on August 6, 2018, Jherrick Grimes being aided and abetted by others, took a motor vehicle, a 2004 Audi A4, by force, violence and intimidation, with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 2 charges that on August 6, 2018, Jherrick Grimes brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Count 3 charges that on August 15, 2018, Jherrick Grimes was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Lorenzo Davis

Count 1 charges that on July 26, 2018, Lorenzo Davis committed bank robbery by taking by force from a person money belonging to MetaBank, and put in jeopardy the life of another person by use of a dangerous weapon.

Count 2 charges that on July 26, 2018, Lorenzo Davis brandished a firearm during a bank robbery.

Count 3 charges that on July 27, 2018, Lorenzo Davis took a motor vehicle, a 2001 Toyota Solara, by force, violence and intimidation, resulting in serious bodily injury.

Count 4 charges that on July 27, 2018, Lorenzo Davis discharged a firearm during a carjacking.

Counts 5 and 6 charge that on July 26 and July 27, 2018, Lorenzo Davis was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

Angelo Bunting

Count 1 charges that on June 28, 2018, Angelo Bunting, being aided and abetted by unknown others, took a motor vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Corolla, by force, violence, and intimidation, with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 2 charges that on June 28, 2018, Angelo Bunting brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Count 3 charges that on July 6, 2018, Angelo Bunting, being aided and abetted by unknown others, took a motor vehicle, a 2011 Chevrolet Impala, by force, violence, and intimidation, with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 4 charges that on July 6, 2018, Angelo Bunting brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Count 5 charges that on July 13, 2018, Angelo Bunting, being and aided by unknown others took a motor vehicle, a 2013 Volkswagen Passat, by force, violence, and intimidation, with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 6 charges that on July 13, 2018, Angelo Bunting brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Dequan Blackmon and Harry French

Count 1 charges that on August 4, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French, being aided and abetted by unknown others, took a motor vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Journey, by force, violence, and intimidation with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 2 charges that on August 4, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Count 3 charges that on August 23, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French, being aided and abetted by unknown others, took a motor vehicle, a 1991 Jeep Cherokee, by force, violence and intimidation with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm.

Count 4 charges that on August 23, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

Count 5 charges that on August 23, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French being aided and abetted by unknown others, took a motor vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Suburban, by force, violence, and intimidation, with the intent to cause death and serious bodily harm

Count 6 charges that on August 23, 2017, Dequan Blackmon and Harry French brandished a firearm during a carjacking.

If convicted of all counts, the defendants face possible sentences of not less than seven years, and up to life imprisonment, $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. Sentencing for each defendant is individual, and is based upon a number of statutory factors under the federal sentencing guidelines, including but not limited to prior conviction history, which may enhance or mitigate the ultimate sentence imposed by the Court.

These cases were investigated by ATF and Memphis Police Department Violent Crime Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elizabeth Rogers and Marques Young are prosecuting these cases on the government’s behalf.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Field Division: Nashville Field Division