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CarMax Carjacker Sentenced to 108 Months in Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Florida

A Fort Lauderdale resident was sentenced yesterday to 108 months in prison by United States District Judge William Zloch for violently carjacking a CarMax employee.

Benjamin G. Greenberg, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, George L. Piro, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Miami Field Office, Scott Israel, Sheriff, Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO), Patrick Lynn, Chief, Davie Police Department, and W. Howard Harrison, Chief, Plantation Police Department, made the announcement.

Defendant Joshua Maxwell 28, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, previously pled guilty to one count of carjacking, in violation of, Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(1).

According to the court record, on November 11, 2016, defendant Maxwell entered the CarMax dealership located in Davie, Florida pretending to be a bona fide customer, and inquired about a 2012 Dodge Charger that was on the lot. He thereafter provided a driver’s license in order to take a test drive. Upon checking Maxwell’s name in the CarMax database, the salesman learned that the defendant had previously been entered into their system and had, in fact, visited that same CarMax location one-day prior. Maxwell went on the test drive of the Charger with the salesman and as they were nearing the end of the test drive, the salesman asked the defendant to stop the car so that they could switch positions and drive the Charger back into the CarMax lot. Maxwell, while in the driver’s seat, then assaulted the salesman by repeatedly striking him on the head with a copper metal pipe that he had secreted in his pocket. The salesman attempted to escape, but Maxwell continued to beat him and ultimately stabbed him in the chest. Maxwell fled in the 2012 Dodge Charger, and left the wounded salesman in the roadway. The victim was subsequently transported to a medical trauma center with serious injuries. Ultimately, Maxwell was arrested by law enforcement and admitted to committing the carjacking.

Mr. Greenberg commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, BSO, Davie Police Department and the Plantation Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jodi L. Anton.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or on

Updated May 18, 2017