For Immediate Release
Third Defendant in Double Armed Carjacking Case Arrested and Facing Federal Charges
His Two Co-Defendants Were Previously Arrested and Have Been Detained Pending Trial
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Jaheym Newsome, 19, of Philadelphia, PA, was arrested and charged by Superseding Indictment with carjacking, attempted carjacking, and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, all in connection with two carjacking incidents which occurred in Northeast Philadelphia and South Philadelphia on December 22, 2021. After being arrested by the United States Marshals Service, the defendant made his initial appearance on these charges and has been detained pending trial.
As detailed in the Criminal Complaints previously filed in this case, Newsome and two co-defendants, Dayon Hackett, 19, and Taquan Mershon, 19, both also of Philadelphia, PA, allegedly approached a man sitting in his car in Northeast Philadelphia preparing to go to work in the early morning hours on that day in December 2021. The defendants ordered the victim out of his car, carjacked him at gunpoint, and fled the area. Mershon then allegedly drove the carjacked vehicle to South Philadelphia, where Hackett and Newsome both approached a different man who was also sitting in his car waiting for a parking spot to open up after he got home from work. According to the Criminal Complaints, Hackett and Newsome opened the door to that vehicle and attempted to pull the victim out of the car. Upon observing a firearm on the victim’s lap, Hackett and Newsome opened fire on the victim, striking him multiple times. The victim returned fire and Hackett was struck by multiple rounds. Hackett and Newsome then returned to the waiting vehicle that Mershon was driving and got inside. Mershon drove to a nearby hospital, and Mershon and Newsome carried Hackett into the hospital, dropped him on the floor of the emergency room, and fled the area in the vehicle they carjacked in Northeast Philadelphia earlier that morning. Hackett was identified that same morning as a suspect in the South Philadelphia attempted carjacking and taken into custody. After a lengthy investigation, ATF investigators identified Newsome and Mershon as the other two suspects in the incidents.
Hackett was arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department on December 22, 2021, and charged by Criminal Complaint on February 25, 2022, as previously announced in a seperate press release, and Mershon was charged by Criminal Complaint on August 10, 2022, and arrested by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on August 16, 2022, both with offenses arising from the same two carjacking incidents. All three individuals were charged in a Superseding Indictment that was returned on September 13, 2022. Hackett and Mershon were previously detained pending trial.
“Our Office is committed to supporting the Philadelphia Police Department in its work to investigate and deter violent crime, which includes our partnership on the joint carjacking task force,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “If you commit a violent offense like a gunpoint carjacking, federal authorities will soon be knocking at your door.”
“ATF’s mission is straightforward – fighting violent crime,” said Eric Degree, acting Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “As this indictment alleges, it does not get any more violent than these armed carjackings, in which a firearm was discharged. ATF will continue to work with our local, state, and federal partners to aggressively pursue these violent offenders and make our streets safer.”
The swift action to investigate and federally charge these defendants is the result of the Philadelphia Carjacking Task Force, which is comprised of members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Violent Crime Unit; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Philadelphia Police Department. The goal of the Taskforce is to stem the wave of armed carjackings and violent crimes through investigative and enforcement techniques meant to identify and refer for federal prosecution all who terrorize innocent victims through commission of these offenses within Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.
An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.