Two Newark Men Charged with Two Armed Carjackings and One Attempted Armed Carjacking
NEWARK, N.J. – Two Newark men will make their initial appearance in court today on charges they carried out two armed carjackings and one attempted carjacking during a five-day span in September 2013, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.
Dion Hines, 21, is charged by complaint with two counts of carjacking, one count of attempted carjacking, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. Roosevelt Robinson, 23, is charged by complaint with one count of carjacking, one count of attempted carjacking, and one count of using and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence. Both defendants are expected to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor in Newark federal court.
According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:
At 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2013, Hines, Robinson, and another male conspirator allegedly approached a Mercedes Benz sedan that was parked in a residential driveway in Newark. Hines brandished a silver revolver and ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle. Hines, Robinson, and the other conspirator pulled on the driver’s side door, but the victim resisted. Robinson allegedly said: “Shoot that [expletive].” The victim eventually got out of the Mercedes Benz and Robinson sat in the driver’s seat.
After Hines and the other conspirator fled on foot, the victim pulled Robinson from the Mercedes Benz, got back into the vehicle and reversed the car. Hines allegedly returned and fired two shots at the Mercedes Benz, striking the rear driver side door. Hines, Robinson, and the other conspirator then ran down the block and jumped into a car waiting nearby. The victim pursued them in the Mercedes Benz, striking both the getaway car and Robinson before Robinson entered the vehicle. A car chase ensued, during which Hines fired two additional shots at the Mercedes Benz.
At 9:25 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2013, Hines allegedly approached a vehicle parked in a lot near a Newark residence. After the driver exited the vehicle, Hines allegedly pointed a black revolver and stated: “Give me your car keys or I’ll shoot.” Around this time, another victim, who had just parked a late-model Acura sedan in the parking lot, walked over to where Hines and the other victim were standing. Hines then pointed the revolver at owner of the Acura and demanded the car keys. The owner of the Acura complied and Hines got into the car and fled.
At 4:45 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2013, a dark-colored SUV driven by an unknown person pulled in front of a Range Rover stopped at an intersection in Belleville, New Jersey, blocking the Range Rover’s path. Hines allegedly jumped out of the passenger side of the dark-colored SUV and pointed a black handgun at the victim. Hines then approached the driver’s door, pulled the victim out of the vehicle and demanded the car keys. The victim complied and Hines then got into the Range Rover and fled, followed by the dark-colored SUV.
At 2:20 p.m. that day, law enforcement located the Range Rover in Newark. A brief car chase ensued, during which the Range Rover rammed multiple police vehicles before getting trapped and stopping. Law enforcement officers surrounded the Range Rover with their guns drawn. Hines and Robinson both exited the Range Rover and ran. Law enforcement officers arrested them shortly thereafter. The third occupant was taken into custody immediately. After arresting the three men, law enforcement officers searched the Range Rover and discovered a loaded black revolver in the vehicle.
U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge John P. Woods in Newark; and the Newark, Elizabeth and Belleville police departments with the investigation leading to the charges.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Jamari Buxton of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Organized Crime/Gangs in Newark.