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District of Puerto Rico

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 11, 2018

Two Individuals Indicted For Carjacking

SAN JUAN, P.R. – A federal grand jury returned a four-count indictment against Miguel Ángel Martines-Ramos and Michael Rosa-Rodríguez for carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, announced United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation.

The indictment alleges that on or about April 14, 2018, in the District of Puerto Rico, Miguel Ángel Martines-Ramos and Michael Rosa-Rodríguez, while carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm, did take a motor vehicle, to wit: a black 2017 Hyundai Tucson, that had been transported, shipped and received in interstate or foreign commerce, from the presence of an adult male, by force, violence and intimidation, with the intent to cause death or serious bodily injury. During the incident, both defendants traveled with the male victim in his vehicle, shot him three times, and left him for dead.

Both defendants are also charged with possession of a machinegun, a black and grey Glock pistol, Model 23, .40 caliber, one 22-round capacity Glock magazine, and 11 rounds of .40 caliber ammunition. The pistol was modified to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

 “These defendants planned and carried out the carjacking and shooting of a defenseless victim,” said U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez. “Through the hard work of federal and state law enforcement, and our prosecutors, the defendants will be brought to justice.”  

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daynelle Álvarez-Lora. If convicted, the defendants face up to 25 years of imprisonment for the carjacking charge (Count One), and up to life imprisonment for the firearms charge (Count Two). Indictments contain only charges and are not evidence of guilt.  Defendants are presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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Violent Crime
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Updated May 11, 2018