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Baltimore Man Indicted for Carjacking Conspiracy and for Crashing a Stolen Car into NSA Security Gate

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

Baltimore, Maryland – A federal grand jury today indicted Dontae Small, age 42 of Baltimore, on charges of conspiracy, carjacking, and destruction of government property, after he allegedly rammed a stolen car into a security gate at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland.

The indictment was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Kevin Perkins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; Commissioner Kevin Davis of the Baltimore Police Department; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare; and the National Security Agency Police.

According to the three count indictment, on October 4, 2015, Small and his co-conspirators were riding in a white minivan in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, looking for victims to rob.  At about 10:09 p.m. Small texted a male co-conspirator the following message: “Get the dude cpming down da st.I parked on smoking a pipe” [sic].

Three of the co-conspirators approached Victim 1 on Covington Street, pointed a silver handgun at the victim and demanded that the victim give them the keys to his car, a 2008 Acura TSX.  The conspirators then took the car.  On that same night, two of the conspirators approached Victims 2 and 3. One of the conspirators brandished a silver handgun and asked what was in Victim 2’s pockets.  Victims 2 and 3 fled and one of the conspirators grabbed a cellular phone that had fallen from Victim 3’s pocket as they ran. 

The indictment alleges that Small took the stolen Acura and drove it from Baltimore to Anne Arundel County, Maryland, crashing the car into a security gate protecting the National Security Agency on October 7, 2015.

Small faces a sentence of 15 years in prison for carjacking; a maximum of 10 years in prison for destruction of government property; and a maximum of five years in prison for conspiracy.  An initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Baltimore has not yet been scheduled.  Small remains detained. 

An indictment is not a finding of guilt.  An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings. 

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended FBI, the Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, Anne Arundel County Police Department, and National Security Agency Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence for their work in the investigation and thanked the Fort George G. Meade Directorate of Emergency Services for its assistance.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra Wilkinson, who is prosecuting the case.

Updated March 15, 2016

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