Four people involved in carrying out a violent, organized carjacking ring in Baltimore were indicted on carjacking and several other charges on Monday.
According to court documents, 18-year-old Dalante Graham, 19-year-old Tyheim Gray, 18-year-old Daquan Johnson, and 17-year-old Travon Williamston were accused of stealing multiple cars in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.
The group often showed themselves posting videos and photos on social media, “joyriding” and posing with the stolen cars.
Attorney General Brian E. Frosh says that they were also equipped with weapons such as pellet guns, knives, and handguns when committing the crimes. The teens would use unnecessary violence on victims leaving them with minor bruises to serious injuries.
Aside from targeting their victims in residential and commercial areas, officials reported that they also would use I.D cards or insurance information to target previous victims.
“I count the announcement of these indictments as another battle won against the senseless violence plaguing our communities,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “I applaud the work of my prosecutors and all the partner agencies whose collaborative efforts made these arrests possible.”
“Often times when we see crime spikes it is a result of a small group of individuals who carry out many of these crimes,” said Baltimore Police Interim Commissioner Gary Tuggle. “This case is an example of that, but also highlights the teamwork of federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors to investigate and dismantle suspected criminal organizations.”
The teens have been indicted with a series of criminal charges. If convicted, they are facing more than 100 years in jail.