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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Carjacker Exiled To Over 12 Years In Prison

Baltimore, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis sentenced Dwayne Frazier, age 50, of Baltimore, to 12 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for carjacking. The sentence was imposed on June 3, 2013, following Frazier’s guilty plea on the first day of trial.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Baltimore Field Division; Commissioner Anthony W. Batts of the Baltimore City Police Department; Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein; and Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler.

According to Frazier’s plea agreement, on August 14, 2010, Frazier, John Franklin and Troy Williams carjacked two vehicles. Franklin waved down a man driving a Buick LeSabre, telling the driver that he needed a hack (an unlicensed cab ride) to East Baltimore. The driver agreed and Franklin, Frazier, and Williams got into the car. A short time later, Frazier and his co-conspirators robbed the driver at gunpoint, taking his license, cell phone and cash, then ordered the victim out of the vehicle. Frazier and the other men then drove away in the LeSabre.

Approximately 15 minutes later, driving the LeSabre, Frazier and his co-conspirators approached three women who had just parked their Dodge Charger in the 4000 block of East Lombard Street. As the women got out of the car, Franklin and Williams walked up to the women and robbed them at gunpoint, then demanded the keys to the car. Franklin and Williams then drove away in the Charger, followed by Frazier driving the LeSabre.

Baltimore Police officers responding to the report of the armed carjacking of the Charger saw the Charger being followed by the LeSabre. Officers were able to stop the LeSabre and arrest Frazier, but the Charger sped away, eventually hitting a parked car. Police saw Franklin and Williams bail out of the Charger and run away. With the help of the Baltimore Police helicopter unit, officers located Williams under a parked car. Franklin was located nearby. Police recovered from Franklin the first victim’s driver’s license as well as a cellphone belonging to one of the women. A fully-loaded .357 caliber revolver was recovered in the same block where Franklin was arrested.

John Franklin, age 41, of Baltimore, Maryland, was previously convicted after trial and sentenced to 414 months in prison. Troy Williams, age 44, of Baltimore, pleaded guilty to his role in the scheme and is scheduled to be sentencing on June 18, 2013.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the ATF, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and the Maryland Attorney General’s Office for their work in this investigation and prosecution. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant United States Attorney John W. Sippel, Jr. and Special Assistant United States Attorney Gerald A. A. Collins, a cross designated Maryland Assistant Attorney General assigned to Exile cases, who prosecuted the case.

Updated January 26, 2015