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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty to Carjacking and Robbery

A 19-year-old Tulsa man arrested for a series of robberies and carjackings that occurred in Tulsa and Broken Arrow pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. 

In his plea agreement, Tavian Caleb Steward admitted to carjacking, robbery in Indian Country, and two counts of carrying, using, and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.

According to Steward, he and an accomplice, Roderick Brooks, acted in concert with one another in carjacking a victim and stealing his Toyota Rav4 in Tulsa on Dec. 30, 2020. Furthermore, Steward brandished a firearm during the crime.  Brooks has also been charged for taking part in the carjacking. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Steward also admitted that he entered a Subway restaurant in Tulsa and robbed a cashier at gunpoint on Jan. 7, 2021. According to court documents, Steward then stole the victim’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo and fled the restaurant. Steward was finally taken into custody after he was involved in a hit and run collision on Jan. 10, 2021. He was driving the Monte Carlo when he caused the accident.

Steward is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and all crimes occurred within the Muscogee Nation Reservation. Steward’s sentencing date is scheduled for October 27, 2021.

The FBI, Tulsa Police Department, and Broken Arrow Police Department are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Brasher is prosecuting the case.

Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Indian Country Law and Justice
Violent Crime
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Updated July 8, 2021