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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of South Dakota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Fort Thompson Man Charged with Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Robbery

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Fort Thompson, South Dakota, man has been indicted by a federal grand jury for Carjacking, Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, and Robbery.

AbuBarker Shabbaz-Evans, a/k/a Abu Barker Evans, age 24, was indicted on January 14, 2020.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark A. Moreno on January 17, 2020, and pled not guilty to the Indictment.

The maximum penalty upon conviction is up to 40 years in federal prison and/or a $750,000 fine, 3 years of supervised release, and $300 to the Federal Crime Victims Fund.  Restitution may also be ordered.

The Indictment alleges that on September 15, 2019, Shabbaz-Evans took a motor vehicle from an individual with the intent to cause death and serious bodily injury and further assaulted the victim with a metal object shaped like a pistol.  The indictment further alleges that on January 1, 2020, Shabbaz-Evans attempted to take pre-paid gasoline and United States Currency from the presence of 2 individuals.

The charges are merely accusations and Shabbaz-Evans is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

The investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy R. Morley is prosecuting the case.   

Shabbaz-Evans was remanded to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending trial.  A trial date has not been set.

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Updated January 21, 2020