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Newark Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Union County Carjacking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man was sentenced today to 240 months in prison for committing a gunpoint carjacking in Union County, New Jersey, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Hasson Thomas, 30, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to superseding information charging him with one count of carjacking, one count of possession of a firearm by a previously convicted felon, and one count of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. Judge Vazquez imposed the sentence today in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

On the evening of Aug. 18, 2018, Thomas approached a parked vehicle occupied by two people on Chestnut Street in Roselle Park, New Jersey. Thomas entered the vehicle and pointed a firearm at the two occupants while ordering them to exit the vehicle. After ordering the victims out of the vehicle, Thomas drove from the scene. Roselle Park Police in the area attempted to pursue Thomas as he fled the scene at a high rate of speed shortly before crashing.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Vazquez sentenced Thomas to three years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the ATF, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson in Newark; the Newark Police Department, under the direction of Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo; the New Jersey State Police, under the direction of Col. Patrick J. Callahan; the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, under the direction of Acting Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II; and the Roselle Park Police Department, under the direction of Chief Daniel J. McCaffery, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Desiree Grace Latzer of the Organized Crime and Gangs Unit and Jamel Semper, Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Violent Crimes Unit.

Defense counsel: Chester Keller Esq., Assistant Federal Public Defender (Newark)

Updated March 9, 2020

Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 20-092