Philadelphia jury convicts violent carjacker who shot at car occupied by two teenage girls

Philadelphia jury convicts violent carjacker who shot at car occupied by two teenage girls

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – District Attorney Larry Krasner announced Monday that a Philadelphia jury has convicted Deandrade Jeferson of robbery, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime and violations of the Uniform Firearms Act for his role in an attempted carjacking in 2022.

Investigators revealed that on the evening of February 27, 2022, Jeferson and two co-conspirators approached a teenage girl’s vehicle in Northeast Philadelphia as it was double-parked in front of a residence. The victim, who was returning home from a Valentine’s Day event at her local church, had two other teenage girls in the car.

Jeferson hit the driver’s side window with a gun and fired, leaving a bullet hole in the car door. The victim and his passengers fled the scene.

Jeferson was arrested in June 2022. Investigators believe he and his associates were involved in several carjacking incidents, specifically targeting people of Brazilian descent who may be undocumented.

Assistant District Attorney Kenzie Johnson obtained the guilty verdict based on the survivor’s testimony and forensic evidence, including a handprint on the driver’s side window. The jury deliberated only a few hours before reaching its verdict. Jeferson is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 9 before Judge Monica Gibbs.

“I applaud the skillful handling of this case by Assistant District Attorney Kenzie Johnson,” said District Attorney Krasner. “Undocumented immigrants in our city are often preyed upon by criminals who prey on their fear of law enforcement. While the victim in this case is a U.S. citizen, that is not always the case. We want all immigrant communities to know that we want to hear from you if you have been a victim of crime. You should not have to live in fear.”

  • Ocean County Library Jackson Branch Temporarily Closed for HVAC Repairs

    Tom’s River, New Jersey – The Ocean County Library Jackson Branch has been temporarily closed due to a failure in its HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. The library plans to reopen within the next two weeks. Updates on the branch’s status will be available on the library’s website and social media platforms.

    Items on hold for pickup at the Jackson branch will be transferred to the OCL Manchester branch, located at 21 Colonial Drive, beginning July 9. Patrons may also request to pick up their items at any other branch. All items on hold for patrons will have their hold extended through Monday, July 22. Jackson branch patrons may return borrowed items to on-site drop boxes or to any other OCL branch. To transfer items on hold to another location or for general inquiries, patrons may call the library’s main number at (732) 349-6200.

    Patrons are encouraged to visit other Ocean County Library locations to check out books and materials or attend programs. An Ocean County Library card is valid at all OCL locations. Additionally, patrons can access the library’s extensive online resources, including databases, e-books, e-magazines, video and audio streams, and digital courses, available continuously at theoceancountylibrary.org.

    For updates on library programs and events, patrons can visit theoceancountylibrary.org and follow the library on Facebook, Instagram, X, YouTube, Spotify and Pinterest.

  • NYPD detective with history of alcohol abuse arrested for DUI

    Queens, New York – On Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at 10:50 p.m., Carl S. Diaquoi, a 47-year-old off-duty NYPD detective, was arrested and charged within the confines of the 105th Precinct.

    Diaquoi, who has been a grade 2 detective with the 75th arrondissement detective team since October 2018, is charged with impaired driving and refusing to take a breathalyzer test.

    He has been a member of the NYPD since July 2002 and earned $185,000 last year.

    Carl S. Diaquoi, badge number 2018, also served in the 104th Precinct and the 104th Precinct Detective Squad. His disciplinary record includes a 2018 case, which was closed on February 14 of that year. In that case, he was convicted of consuming an intoxicant while off-duty to the point of being unfit for duty.

    The sanctions included counselling sessions, 12 months’ probation, a mandatory blood alcohol test and a 32-day provisional suspension.

    His complaint file includes three complaints with six allegations. The first complaint, filed in March 2004, concerned an allegation of abuse of power by threatening to damage or seize property, which was unfounded.

    The second complaint, from August 2004, involved allegations of rudeness, stop and search of the vehicle. The allegations of stop and search of the vehicle were cleared, while the allegation of rudeness was unfounded. The third complaint, from December 2010, involved allegations of physical force and use of a baton as a cudgel. Both allegations were found to be uncooperative by the complainant.

  • Two men meet to settle a dispute, one of them is stabbed

    Linthicum, MD – Northern District detectives are investigating a stabbing that occurred early Monday morning in the 6800 block of Baltimore Boulevard in Annapolis.

    On July 8, at approximately 1:45 a.m., officers responded to a call of a stabbing. Two men had agreed to meet to resolve an ongoing dispute. During the altercation, one of the men pulled out a knife and stabbed the other. The 27-year-old victim was transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Detectives are currently working to locate the suspect, who is known to the victim.

    The name of the suspect has not been released at this time.