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Two Louisville Men Plead Guilty to Multiple Carjackings and Firearms Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Kentucky

Louisville, KY – Yesterday, two local men have plead guilty to a string of armed carjackings that occurred in Jefferson County, Kentucky from late May to early June of 2022.

U.S. Attorney Michael A. Bennett of the Western District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Rana Saoud of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Nashville, and Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel of the Louisville Metro Police Department made the announcement.

According to court documents, Fahad Alasawi, 18, of Louisville, pled guilty to four counts of carjacking and four counts of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Mauricio Diaz, 19, also of Louisville, pled guilty to three counts of carjacking, one count of attempted carjacking, and three counts of possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. According to court documents, from May 27, 2022, through June 2, 2022, Alasawi and Diaz stole or attempted to steal five vehicles from different victims with threats of violence and while possessing a firearm.

Alasawi is scheduled to be sentenced on December 20, 2023, and Diaz is scheduled to be sentenced on November 29, 2023. They each face a maximum sentence of life in prison. 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 Louisville Field Office, HSI Louisville, and the Louisville Metro Police Department, are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Porter is prosecuting the case.


Updated August 17, 2023