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Memphis, TN – All three men responsible for a series of violent carjackings and kidnappings that occurred over last year’s holiday season have pled guilty to the charges against them. Adrian Pegues, 19, Malik Malone, 18, and Alan Key, 20, all of Memphis, have each pled guilty in federal court to a series of violent events that occurred in December 2022 in Memphis and Germantown. Pegues and Key also pled guilty to an additional carjacking that occurred in Memphis in July 2022. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the changes of plea today.
According to U.S. Attorney Ritz and information presented in court, on December 20, 2022, Pegues and Malone carjacked and kidnapped two individuals separately, and forced them at gunpoint to withdraw money from ATMs. The facts of those incidents are as follows:
On December 30, 2022, Pegues, Malone, and Alan Key attempted to kidnap a person at the Saddle Creek shopping center in Germantown with the intent to commit another robbery.
Additionally, investigators determined that Pegues and Key committed another carjacking in Memphis on July 25, 2022. During this carjacking, Pegues was armed with a firearm. Both Pegues and Key also pled guilty to this carjacking and the use of a firearm in this incident as well.
On May 25, 2023, Malik Malone appeared before Chief United States District Judge Sheryl H. Lipman and pled guilty to all charges.
On September 5, 2023, Adrian Pegues appeared before Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton and pled guilty to 11 of the 12 charges against him. On September 6, 2023, Alan Key also appeared before Magistrate Judge Charmiane G. Claxton; he pled guilty to all charges against him.
Malone is scheduled to be sentenced by Chief Judge Lipman on October 20, 2023. Pegues and Key will be sentenced by Chief Judge Lipman on December 18, 2023. There is no parole in the federal system.
This case was investigated by the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force, the Germantown Police Department, and the Memphis Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Greg Wagner is handling the prosecution of this matter for the government.
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