MINNEAPOLIS – Two men have been indicted for carjacking and firearms violations, announced U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger.
According to court documents, on January 3, 2022, Jordan James Smith, 26, of Ramsey, used force, violence, and intimidation to steal a Nissan Juke. On February 3, 2022, Smith and his co-defendant Carson Thomas McCoy, 21, of Blaine, used force, violence, and intimidation to steal a Honda Accord. During the carjacking, Smith brandished a Glock 21, .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol with a red and black camouflage slide.
In November 2022, McCoy was charged in a federal criminal complaint after stealing a BMW sedan, breaking into a residence in Ham Lake, Minnesota, and stealing various items—including a firearm. McCoy was subsequently involved in a road rage incident and apprehended after fleeing law enforcement. A search of the vehicle revealed the firearm McCoy stole from the residential burglary and numerous other items of contraband.
Because Smith and McCoy both have prior felony convictions, they are prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.
The indictment charges Smith with two counts of carjacking, one count of brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. McCoy is charged with one count of carjacking and one count of possessing a firearm as a felon. Smith had his initial appearance today in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Dulce J. Foster and was ordered to remain in detention pending further court proceedings. McCoy has been detained since the November 2022 federal complaint.
This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Minneapolis Police Department, the Blaine Police Department, the Hennepin County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF), and the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan L. Sing is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.