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Jury Convicts Fort Pierce Man of Carjacking at Gunpoint

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

MIAMI – A South Florida federal jury has convicted Fort Pierce resident Xavier Daughtry, 25, of carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

Just before midnight on May 9, 2022, the victim parked her vehicle at a gas station on U.S. Hwy 1 in Fort Pierce.  After going inside the store, the victim returned to find Daughtry attempting to enter her vehicle.  The victim confronted Daughtry, who then raised a loaded .45 caliber pistol and pointed it at the victim’s face, telling her to back up.  Daughtry then got inside the vehicle and left the area.  Less than eight minutes later, Daughtry was apprehended by St. Lucie County Sheriff’s deputies and Fort Pierce police officers.  When apprehended, Daughtry was in the stolen vehicle and sitting on the pistol (which was loaded, with a round in the chamber, and the hammer cocked).

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida and acting Special Agent in Charge Maged Behnam of the FBI Miami Field Office made the announcement.

The case was investigated by FBI Miami, Fort Pierce Resident Agency, with assistance from ATF Fort Pierce Field Office, the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office, and the Fort Pierce Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Michael Porter and Justin Hoover.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at, under case number 22-cr-14047.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated March 6, 2023

Violent Crime
Firearms Offenses