By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFRO
Four Baltimore teens have been indicted in what Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh called “a violent, organized carjacking ring” that extended from Baltimore City to Baltimore County.
Dalante Graham, 18, Tyheim Gray, 19, Daquan Johnson, 18, and Travon Williamston, 17, are charged with 26 carjacking or auto-theft incidents, including counts for participating in a criminal gang, armed carjacking, armed robbery, theft between $1,500 and $25,000, use of a handgun in a crime of violence, assault in the 1st and 2nd degree, among other charges.
According to authorities the thefts took place between September and December of 2017 and often included the suspects physically assaulting their victims.
The Attorney General’s Office said the teens would allegedly tackle their victims, kick them, and hit them with guns. They even broke one person’s nose, fractured another person’s skull and fired shots at another victim who was trying to escape.
Allegedly, after the teens had access to the stolen cars, they would cause accidents and use the stolen keys to go back and steal another car from the victims’ homes, said Frosh in a press conference Aug. 13.
They showed “no concern about consequences,” often bragging about their exploits on social media, and wearing the key fobs on their belt like trophies, according to Frosh.
“They need to understand that this type of collaboration (Baltimore Police, Attorney General) exists and that we’re simply just not going to tolerate it,” Interim Police Commissioner Gary Tuggle said.
The carjacking and assault spree came to an end last week in Howard County when police caught the teens after a brief car chase and learned they were linked to several other carjackings.
The teens face up to 100 years in prison.
Only one of the teens is under age however, they will all be charged as adults.