For Immediate Release
Thursday, October 27, 2016
, United States Attorney
A. Lee Bentley, III
Contact: William Daniels
Orlando Man Charged with Carjacking and Firearms Offenses
Field Division: Tampa Field Division
Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney A. Lee Bentley, III announces the return of an indictment charging Eugene Willis (22, Orlando), Sedrick Lamar Hamilton (24, Orlando), and Justin Deontae Crumpton (18, Orlando) with carjacking and firearms offenses. If convicted, each faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.
According to the indictment, on October 8, 2015, Willis, Hamilton, and Crumpton carjacked a victim at gunpoint in Brandon, FL, taking his 2012 Dodge Charger. The men led law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase, ultimately crashing the stolen car. Willis, Hamilton, and Crumpton then carjacked a second victim at gunpoint, taking her 2013 Kia Optima in Lakeland. After crashing this vehicle, the men fled into a local restaurant. After a several-hour standoff, they were arrested.
An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has violated one or more federal criminal laws, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.
This case was investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, the Lakeland Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Carlton C. Gammons.