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Federal Jury Convicts Chicago Man in Connection With Violent Carjacking in Chicago

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

CHICAGO — A Chicago man who carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in the city’s Edgewater neighborhood has been found guilty of federal carjacking and weapons offenses.

The jury in U.S. District Court in Chicago on Friday convicted JAMAR JARVIS, 21, of carjacking and brandishing a firearm in connection with a carjacking.  The firearm charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years in federal prison and a maximum of life, while carjacking is punishable by up to 15 years.  U.S. District Judge Matthew F. Kennelly scheduled sentencing for Dec. 13, 2021, at 1:30 p.m.

The verdict was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI; and David Brown, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office provided valuable assistance.  The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Michelle Kramer and Albert Berry III.

On Oct. 18, 2018, Jarvis and two others – RAYNELL LANFORD, 21, and JAMAAL ASHSAHEED, 22, both of Chicago – forcibly took a Lexus sport-utility vehicle from a victim at gunpoint.  JAVION BUSH, 21, of Chicago, provided assistance to the others after the carjacking.  After taking the Lexus, Jarvis, Lanford, Ashsaheed, and Bush drove it to a gas station in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, where they purchased gas and a gas can.  CPD officers later arrested them.

Lanford and Ashsaheed have pleaded guilty to carjacking and weapons offenses, and Bush pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact.

Updated September 21, 2021

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