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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of New York
Trini E. Ross, United States Attorney
Contact: Barbara Burns
For Immediate Release
Friday, September 15, 2023

Rochester Man Who Led Police on High Speed Chase Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Gun Charge

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jaden Z. Campbell, 19, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to carjacking and using or carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of life and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassie Kocher, who is handling the case, stated that in the early morning hours of July 11, 2022, Campbell approached an individual (Victim 1) as Victim 1 walked towards an apartment building near Resolute Street and North Clinton Avenue. Carrying a firearm, Campbell told Victim 1, “give me everything or I’m gonna pop you.” Victim 1 gave Campbell several items, including the keys to his 2006 Infiniti G35. While continuing to point his gun, Campbell forced Victim 1 to start the Infiniti. Campbell then drive away by himself. Once the police located the stolen car, Campbell refused to pull over, instead, leading officers on a chase for approximately 25 minutes through Monroe County. Campbell at times reached speeds of approximately 85 MPH, ultimately crashing the car in a ditch near Quaker Road in Scottsville, NY. During the chase, Campbell also tossed a 9mm pistol from the Infiniti on Cranbrook Drive in Irondequoit, NY.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Smith, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, under the direction of John B. DeVito, Special Agent-in-Charge, New York Field Division.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 17, 2024, at 10 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

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