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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 17, 2021

Two Defendants Alleged to have Shot a Man during an Attempted Carjacking Charged in Federal Court

Two men allegedly involved in an attempted carjacking that led to the shooting of the driver made initial appearances today in federal court, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson.

Hunter Isaiah Hobbs, 20, of Bixby, and Denim Lee Blount, 18, of Tulsa, were both charged by criminal complaint with attempted carjacking and carrying, using, brandishing, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. U.S. Magistrate Judge Jodi F. Jayne set Hobbs’ detention hearing for Friday, May 21, at 11 am. Blount’s initial appearance will continue on Tuesday, May 18, at 2 pm.

“Hobbs and Blount are charged with attempting to carjack the victim, and when he refused to hand over his vehicle, they allegedly opened fire on him. Thankfully the victim survived and is recovering from his injuries,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Clint Johnson. “I appreciate the joint work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Leah Paisner, the FBI, Tulsa Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service which led to the apprehension and charging of these two defendants.”

On May 8, 2021, at 10:29 pm, two men later identified as Hobbs and Blount approached the victim who was attempting to hook up his vehicle and trailer. The victim stated that one of the defendants pointed a shotgun at him and the other pointed a rifle at him. According to court documents, the two ordered the victim to get out of his vehicle, and when the victim refused, both men shot him. The two then fled west in a dark colored SUV, leaving the victim and his vehicle behind. An investigator with the Tulsa Police Department estimated that the victim had been shot approximately 10 times.

The victim was transported to St. Francis Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Surveillance cameras from a nearby apartment complex captured the alleged incident.

The FBI,  Tulsa Police Department, and U.S. Marshals Service are the investigative agencies.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christopher Nassar and Leah Paisner are prosecuting the case.

This case is being prosecuted as part of the 2150 Initiative. The initiative focuses law enforcement efforts on criminals who use guns during crimes, individuals who lie on firearms transaction forms, and straw purchasers who acquire firearms for prohibited persons. It was named in memory of Tulsa Police Sergeant Craig Johnson. Sgt. Johnson’s badge number, 2150, was selected for the initiative as a way to honor his life and his commitment to the Tulsa community. This case is also part of Project Guardian, the Department of Justice’s signature initiative to reduce gun violence and enforce federal firearms laws.

**This press release has been correct to show the correct date/year of the crime, May 8, 2021.

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Updated May 26, 2021