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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 9, 2019

Baltimore Career Offender Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison for Violent Carjacking in Which the Victim was Stabbed

Defendant has Three Previous Felony Convictions for Drugs and Violent Crimes, Including a Carjacking

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander sentenced Robert Crenshaw, age 31, of Baltimore, Maryland, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carjacking. 

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Special Agent in Charge Jennifer C. Boone of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Commissioner Michael Harrison of the Baltimore Police Department.

“Through coordinated efforts of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, this violent carjacker has been put out of business,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  “Robert Crenshaw, who has three previous convictions, will now do 17 years of federal time, where there is no parole—ever.”

According to his guilty plea, on September 15, 2017, Crenshaw carjacked a victim at knifepoint in a parking lot in the 1000 block of East Lombard Street.  When the victim resisted, Crenshaw stabbed the victim several times in the abdomen, causing serious, life-threatening bodily injury.  Crenshaw then entered the victim’s vehicle, a 2017 Toyota RAV4, and drove away.  The entire incident was captured by video surveillance camera.

Crenshaw was arrested on September 16, 2017, driving a 2008 Hyundai Tucson vehicle that he had carjacked on September 11th.  Crenshaw waived his rights and confessed to the carjackings that he committed on September 11th and September 15th.

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 make our neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts.  PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime.

United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended the FBI and the Baltimore Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Hur thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney John W. Sippel, Jr., who prosecuted the case.

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Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Marcia Murphy (410) 209-4854
Updated August 9, 2019