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U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Minnesota

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Thursday, September 22, 2022

Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Violent Carjacking Outside Northeast Minneapolis Restaurant, Admits to Two Additional Armed Carjackings in Golden Valley

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to a violent carjacking of a woman outside her place of work in northeast Minneapolis and admitted his involvement in two additional armed carjackings, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.

According to court documents, on June 9, 2022, Shamir Nathann Black, 18, and an unidentified accomplice approached a woman outside of her place of work and demanded her car keys. Black proceeded to push the victim to the ground and hit her on the head with a firearm. A bystander attempted to assist the victim but was also assaulted by Black. During the struggle, Black discharged the firearm in the bystander’s direction. Black and an accomplice then got into the victim’s vehicle, but surrounding witnesses pulled Black from the driver’s seat and put him on the ground. Black and his accomplice fled the scene on foot.

After arriving at the scene, officers with the Minneapolis Police Department located a Shadow Systems 9mm semiautomatic pistol wrapped in a gray sweatshirt. The firearm had been reported stolen in Prior Lake in April 2022. Investigators reviewed a social media video that showed Black waving around a handgun that matched the firearm recovered at the crime scene. Further investigation revealed that a Volkswagen Jetta had been taken in a Prior Lake home burglary on the same night the firearm was stolen. Law enforcement later recovered the stolen Jetta from Black’s Minneapolis residence. On June 24, 2022, Black was taken into custody.

Black pleaded guilty on September 20, 2022, before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright to one count of carjacking. As part of the plea, Black also admitted to being involved in two additional armed carjackings in Golden Valley this past spring. Black faces up to 15 years’ imprisonment for the carjacking and will be sentenced at a later date.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Golden Valley Police Department, and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Lauren Roso is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Violent Crime
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Updated September 22, 2022