For Immediate Release
St. Louis Man Pleads Guilty to Aiding and Abetting a Carjacking
ST. LOUIS – Jaden Allen, 20, of St. Louis, Missouri, pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting the commission of a carjacking. Allen appeared today before United States District Court Judge John A. Ross.
On June 7, 2020, Allen and a co-defendant approached a victim in the 7300 block of Hazelcrest in St. Louis County to take a 2013 Chrysler 200 at gunpoint. Allen’s co-defendant was armed with a loaded Charter Arms .38 caliber firearm when they verbally engaged the victim, and the co-defendant brandished the firearm and demanded the victim’s car keys. The victim complied with the demand. Allen and the co-defendant then entered the Chrysler and drove away. Allen knowingly associated himself with the carjacking, participated in the carjacking, and took actions to ensure the carjacking was successful.
The victim called Hazelwood Police to report the carjacking. As the victim talked with police at the scene, the victim observed the stolen Chrysler drive past and then alerted police. Officers from multiple jurisdictions pursued the stolen Chrysler at high speeds for approximately 10 miles before Allen’s co-defendant crashed the car. Officers then took Allen and his co-defendant into custody. Officers also recovered the firearm used in the carjacking.
Judge Ross has set sentencing for September 24, 2021.
The Hazelwood Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the case.