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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Harrisburg Man Charged with Knifepoint Carjacking in Lancaster, PA

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Suudimon Washington, 32, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was charged by information today with one count of carjacking.  The information charges Washington for taking of a vehicle from a person in Lancaster at knifepoint on October 12, 2018.

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment, and up to three years of supervised release.  Additionally, Washington faces a possible $250,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.

“When charges are brought against a suspect in a high-profile, violent crime such as the one this defendant allegedly committed, it brings relief to a community on-edge with concern for the safety of their loved ones,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.  “The 85-year-old victim here was terrified.  I want to thank our investigating partners at the federal and local level who did such tremendous work to allow our office to file these charges.”

“Violent crime can have such a chilling effect on a community,” said Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Philadelphia Division. “No one, let alone elderly folks, should have to worry about being victimized by an armed robber or carjacker. The FBI and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate and lock up violent criminals who prey on others without compunction.”  

The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Lancaster City Bureau of Police, and the Philadelphia Police Department, and it is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert E. Eckert.

An Information is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Contact: 
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA Suite 1250, 615 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 JENNIFER CRANDALL Media Contact 215-861-8300
Updated April 23, 2019