Minnesota Serial Carjacker Has a New Home in Federal Prison
Minneapolis, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in federal prison for his involvement in a string of violent carjackings last year
27-year-old Jordan James Smith earlier entered guilty pleas to two counts of carjacking in connection with three carjackings and robberies that occurred in January and February of 2022. The Ramsey man's co-defendant in the case is scheduled to be sentenced in early January.
According to court documents, Smith and another man robbed a victim of his vehicle and other property on January 3, 2022. The charges alleged Smith opened the door to the vehicle and held a gun against the victim's torso as he ordered the person to "give me everything you have and get out of the car." He was then accused of dragging the driver out of the vehicle and driving away in his car.
The criminal complaint says Smith and the other man waited a week before they used the stolen car as collateral to test drive a Maserati. Instead of a test drive, the two men were accused of abandoning the other vehicle and stealing the Maserati.
Federal prosecutors say Smith, along with 22-year-old Carson McCoy of Blaine and others broke into a car dealership in the Twin Cities on February 3, 2022, and stole several vehicles. McCoy was allegedly driving one of the stolen vehicles when he went through a stop sign and collided with another vehicle.
The court documents say McCoy then ran and got into a vehicle driven by Smith, who then got out and approached the other vehicle involved in the collision. It was alleged that he pointed a gun at the driver and ordered her to hand over her purse while threatening to kill her. Prosecutors say he and McCoy then sped away with the victim’s iPhone, house keys, and the child's backpack.
Later the same morning, the two men approached a parked car and Smith allegedly tapped on the driver’s side window with a gun. The driver responded by exiting the car, but when he attempted to grab his wallet, the charges say Smith threatened the man with his gun before he and McCoy drove away in the man's vehicle.
Prosecutors say Smith was apprehended later that day on an unrelated warrant. Due to his criminal history and previous felony convictions, Smith was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.
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