Area man pleads guilty to his role in carjacking plot
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri
ST. LOUIS – United States District Court Judge Sarah E. Pitlyk accepted a plea of guilty from Antwan Jones for his role in a carjacking, weapons charges and assaulting a federal officer on November 22, 2021.
A grand jury in the Eastern District of Missouri indicted Jones in May 2021 for aiding and abetting Paul Latham in carjacking a victim in St. Louis the previous year. According to the plea agreement, Latham stopped his SUV next to the victim on January 15, 2020. Latham waited in the SUV while Jones approached the victim at gunpoint and demanded her purse. The carjacking victim surrendered her purse, which contained the keys to her car. Latham and Jones drove around the area and used the victim’s key fob to locate her Mercedes Benz. Once they found the car parked nearby, Latham used the victim’s keys to drive her car away while Jones drove away in Latham’s SUV.
According to the indictment, Jones was prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a previous conviction.
Later that night, police tracked the victim’s phone to East St. Louis, Illinois. There, police discovered Latham’s SUV parked in the 1800 block of Boismenue Avenue with the victim’s purse still inside.
Days later as federal authorities arrested Jones, he resisted the attempt and physically assaulted a federal officer. For his role in the incident, Latham previously entered a plea of guilty in October.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.
Updated April 19, 2023