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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to More Than 10 Years in Prison in Connection With Two Violent Carjackings

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

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Dashawn Pringle, 27, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 125 months’ imprisonment, three years of supervised release, a $300 special assessment, and $1,250 in restitution by United States District Court Senior Judge Timothy J. Savage for his role in two carjackings in the city.

On the afternoon of April 23, 2022, Victim #1 was operating his 2021 Honda Pilot near the 5100 block of Race Street. The victim temporarily pulled over to the side of the road, and Pringle and another male suddenly got in. When Victim #1 attempted to run from the scene, the two caught up to him, punched and kicked him, then stole his wallet, car keys, and vehicle.

In the early morning hours of May 1, 2022, Victim #2, a ride-share driver, had just made a drop-off on the 300 block of South Camac Street when the previously carjacked Honda Pilot pulled behind his vehicle and hit the back bumper. Seeing no damage, Victim #2 waved to the driver of the Pilot, later identified as Pringle, and departed the area. After the Honda Pilot followed him and the driver appeared to flag him down, Victim #2 pulled over on the 1200 block of Lombard Street and walked over to the driver’s side door of the Pilot, where Pringle promptly pointed a gun at his face and told him not to move or he’d be shot. A front-seat passenger took Victim #2’s keys and drove off in his 2018 Toyota Highlander.

On November 28, 2023, Pringle pleaded guilty to two counts of carjacking and possession of ammunition by a felon.

“Carjackings are offenses that really undermine public confidence and quality of life,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “People going about their daily business shouldn’t have to fear armed criminals like Dashawn Pringle preying on them out of the blue, physically assaulting them, sticking guns in their face, and taking off in their car. We and our partners on the Carjacking Task Force are working every day to identify, prosecute, and take criminals like this off Philadelphia’s streets, with the public’s safety our number one priority.”

“Sentences like this are a product of the diligent work done by the FBI Philadelphia Violent Crimes Task force, who leverages the resources of our local law enforcement partners to remove violent offenders from our streets,” said Wayne A. Jacobs, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Philadelphia. “This serves as a reminder that brazen acts of violence will be not tolerated in this city and reinforces our commitment to fostering a safe community for the citizens of Philadelphia.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the FBI Philadelphia Violent Crimes Task Force and the Philadelphia Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Martin E. Howley, Jr.

Updated March 12, 2024