Orlando, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that a federal jury has found Whayname Ferdilus (21, Coral Springs) guilty of carjacking. Ferdilus faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 19, 2023, before United States District Judge Gregory A. Presnell. Ferdilus had been indicted on April 22, 2021.
According to testimony presented at trial, on February 24, 2021, Ferdilus visited a car dealership in Orlando and requested to test-drive a 2021 Cadillac CT4. Because he did not have a driver license, an employee of the dealership agreed to drive the vehicle while Ferdilus sat in the passenger seat. During the test drive, Ferdilus began rummaging through his backpack that he had between his legs, and pulled out a 12-inch, serrated handsaw. Ferdilus threatened the driver with the handsaw and demanded the vehicle. In fear for his own safety, the employee fled from the vehicle with the remote key fob in his pocket. The employee called 911, and deputies from the Orange County Sheriff Office quickly located the vehicle with the help of On-Star. Ferdilus was apprehended inside a gas station convenience store. He had the same backpack on his person, and when searched, the handsaw was located inside.
During the trial, Ferdilus testified and admitted to stealing the car but denied any intention of causing harm to the victim.
This case was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Beatriz Gonzalez.