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Grand jury indicts man for carjacking causing serious bodily injury, two men for being felons in possession of a firearm

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Missouri

ST. LOUIS, MO – A federal grand jury indicted Brandon Vandoren for carjacking causing serious bodily injury and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  The 23 year old is a resident of Mehlville.  The grand jury also indicted Matthew Carver for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He is a 27-year-old St. Louis resident.

According to court documents, on May 20, 2020, Vandoren and Carver stole a vehicle at the MotoMart in Jefferson County.  Vandoren got into the victim’s vehicle while Carver remained in the vehicle he and Vandoren arrived in at the MotoMart.  As Vandoren and Carver began to drive away, the victim left from inside the MotoMart and chased the defendants on foot. Vandoren then ran over the victim, nearly killing him.  Both Vandoren and Carver left the scene, leading police officers on a high-speed chase.  Law enforcement took Carver into custody after Carver crashed the vehicle.  Law enforcement arrested Vandoren the next day, in a hotel room, and found him with a firearm and narcotics. Facebook LIVE videos, from earlier in the day of the carjacking, show Vandoren and Carver each flashing what appears to be the same firearm discovered during Vandoren’s subsequent arrest. 

Vandoren faces a maximum term of 25 years in prison if convicted of carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury.  Both Vandoren and Carver face a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years if convicted for being felons in possession of a firearm.   Both defendants are presumed innocent.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office investigated this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cassandra Wiemken is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's Office.  


Venton Blandin

Updated September 10, 2020

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