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NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI


JOHN F. WOOD


Contact Don Ledford, Public Affairs ● (816) 426-4220 ● 400 East Ninth Street, Room 5510 ● Kansas City, MO 64106

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2007

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FOUR KC MEN INDICTED FOR CARJACKINGS


            KANSAS CITY, Mo. – John F. Wood, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that four Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today, in two separate and unrelated cases, for a series of carjackings in the metropolitan area.


             * Demarko L. Collins, 18, and Frederick D. Darrington, Jr., 18, both of Kansas City, were charged in a six-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Collins and Darrington, aiding and abetting each other, took a 2007 Dodge Charger by means of force on April 9, 2007. Darrington is also charged with carjacking another 2007 Dodge Charger on April 29, 2007, and with carjacking a 1999 Jeep on May 19, 2007.


             The federal indictment also alleges that Collins and Darrington used a firearm during the April 9, 2007, carjacking, and that Darrington used a firearm in both of the additional carjackings for which he is charged.


             * Theron L. Davis, Jr., 19, and Deven W. Race, 22, were charged in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City.


             Today’s indictment alleges that Davis and Race took a 1989 Chevrolet Blazer by means of force on May 21, 2007. The indictment also alleges that Davis and Race used a firearm during the alleged carjacking.


             Race is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The federal indictment alleges that Race, having been convicted of a felony crime, was in possession of a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun on May 21, 2007.


            Wood cautioned that the charges contained in these indictments are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.


            These cases are being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Brent Venneman. They were investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

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