Federal Grand Jury Indicts Louisville Man for Carjacking
Louisville, KY – A federal grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky returned an indictment today charging a local man with carjacking and a business robbery.
U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, and Chief Erika Shields of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.
According to court records, Robert Dumonte, 31, of Louisville, was charged with one count of carjacking, one count of interference with commerce by robbery, and one count of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.
The defendant is currently in custody on state charges and will be arraigned in the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky once he is transferred to federal custody. If convicted of carjacking, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. If convicted of interference with commerce by robbery, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. If convicted of brandishing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, he faces a minimum sentence of 7 years and maximum sentence of life in prison to run consecutive to all other sentences. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors. There is no parole in the federal system.
The FBI and Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating the case.
The charges were the result of an ongoing joint federal and local law enforcement initiative targeting carjackings which includes the United States Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Homeland Security Investigations.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney (SAUSA) Emily Lantz is prosecuting the case.
An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.