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St. Louis Man County Man Arrested in Connection with 2022 Carjacking

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

ST. LOUIS – A man accused of a July 2022 carjacking has been arrested and appeared in U.S. District Court in St. Louis Tuesday.

La’Vontray Hayes-Williams, 19, of Jennings, was indicted on Nov. 16, 2022 on one count of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. He was arrested August 24, 2023 and pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

The indictment accuses Hayes-Williams of stealing a 2018 Nissan Sentra on July 7, 2022 in St. Louis County. A motion seeking to have Hayes-Williams held in jail until trial says the St. Louis County Police Department quickly spotted the car after the victim ran to a nearby gas station and called police. Hayes-Williams was caught after a chase that reached speeds of 112 mph and found with a .45-caliber Glock pistol in his satchel, the motion says.

The carjacking charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both. The firearm brandishing charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years, consecutive to all other charges, and a maximum of life in prison.

Hayes-Williams also faces charges in St. Louis County Circuit Court. 

Charges set forth in an indictment are merely accusations and are not proof of guilt.  Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The St. Louis County Police Department investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nino Przulj is prosecuting the case.

Updated August 29, 2023

Topics
Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses