Philadelphia Man Pleads Guilty to Gas Station Carjacking Near Lincoln Drive and Wissahickon
PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Shamire Young, 20, of Philadelphia, PA, entered a plea of guilty before United States District Court Judge Nitza I. Quiñones Alejandro to the charge of carjacking stemming from an incident which occurred in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in March 2022, during which he and three other individuals stole a vehicle and fled in it.
According to court documents, in the early morning hours of March 11, 2022, the victim pulled into a gas station on Wissahickon Avenue near Lincoln Drive and went inside the shop while a second victim, his passenger, remained in the vehicle. Moments later, a dark colored vehicle pulled up alongside the victim’s parked vehicle, and three men get out brandishing handguns. When the victim attempted to return to his vehicle, the assailants forced him into a cluster of nearby trees and forced the second victim out of the vehicle and into the same group of trees. After physically assaulting the victim, the assailants got back into both vehicles, two in each, and sped away down Lincoln Drive toward I-76.
Shortly after the incident, the victim’s stolen vehicle, owned by a local dealership and on loan to the victim, was located using the dealership’s tracking technology in the Kingsessing section of the city. The Philadelphia Police Department conducted a forensic analysis of evidence found inside the vehicle, and identified the defendant as one of the carjackers.
“Our Office is committed to supporting the Philadelphia Police Department in its work to investigate and deter violent crime, which includes our partnership on the joint carjacking task force,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “If you commit a violent offense like a gunpoint carjacking, federal authorities will soon be knocking at your door.”
“These armed carjackings are terrifying for victims, targeted out of the blue while just going about their daily lives,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “The FBI, Philly PD, and our partners are committed to stopping such senseless acts of violence and we’ll use every tool we’ve got to put the criminals responsible behind bars, right where they belong.”
“ATF remains committed to keeping our streets safe from violent individuals,” said Eric DeGree, acting Special Agent in charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “The result of this investigation is just another example of the strength of our carjacking task force, which is determined to investigate people committing serious gun offenses and holding them accountable.”
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael R. Miller.