DETROIT – Three Detroit men have pleaded guilty for their role in the carjacking of a Lyft driver, announced Acting United States Attorney Saima Mohsin.
Mohsin was joined in the announcement by Special Agent in Charge Timothy Waters, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Division.
Pleading guilty were Marquel Bazemore, 20, Jesse Evans, 21 and Joseph Shade-Hubbard, 21. The three are scheduled to be sentenced before United States District Judge Nancy Edmunds on July 28 (Bazemore) and September 27, 2021. Each face up to 15 years in federal prison.
According to court documents, on August 9, 2019, Bazemore, Evans, and Shade-Hubbard ordered a Lyft (ride-sharing service) through the Lyft mobile application. At approximately 4 a.m. on that day, the Lyft driver (victim) picked up the defendants in a Cadillac Escalade from the area of 8 Mile and 75 in the city of Detroit. The defendants entered the victim’s vehicle and were driven to the area of Mark Twain and Lyndon in Detroit. As the victim attempted to drop the defendants off, defendants Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard exited the Cadillac and began punching the victim. Evans was the front seat passenger, and he (Evans) pulled out a firearm, pointed the firearm at the victim and demanded that he give him everything he had. Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard began going through the victim's pockets and took his wallet, credit cards, and money.
This case was investigated by special agents of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant US Attorney Jeanine Brunson.