Federal grand jury indicts St. Croix man in connection with armed carjacking


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ST. CROIX - A man arrested in connection with a Christmas Eve carjacking has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

The indictment, which was handed up on March 19, combines the federal and local cases against Abdallah Abdallah, charging him with a mix of federal and local crimes in connection with the Dec. 24 robbery.

Abdallah is facing federal charges of carjacking; using a firearm during a crime of violence; and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He also is facing local charges of first-degree robbery; unauthorized possession of a firearm during a violent crime; possession of stolen property; and unauthorized possession of ammunition.

The indictment accuses Abdallah and another individual of carjacking a red Ford Focus at gunpoint.

He was arrested on local charges in connection with the incident in December.

According to a motion for detention that Assistant U.S. Attorney Alphonso Andrews filed and other court documents, Abdallah is accused of driving a Chevy Malibu across the victim's path as the victim was driving a red Ford Focus in Strawberry Hill on Christmas Eve night.

The victim told police he stopped his car when his path was blocked, and a boy got out of the passenger side of the Malibu, came up to him, put a gun to his head and ordered the victim out of the vehicle.

The victim did so, and reported that Abdallah, whom he recognized by nickname, drove away in the Malibu, and the boy followed driving the victim's Focus.

The next day, the victim notified police that the Abdallah and the boy who took his car were in the Diamond Ruby area and described them.

According to police, when officers responded to the area where the man reported seeing the robbers, they saw Abdallah, who fit the description of one of the suspects.

An affidavit filed in support of the charges when Abdallah was arrested in December indicates that as officers approached him, Abdallah walked around the side of the building, then returned to the front where he was detained and searched. Officers then searched the area where Abdallah had gone and found a firearm ammunition speed-loader with four live rounds and two bunches of keys - one that fit the Malibu and another that fit the vehicle that was stolen, according to the affidavit.

Andrew's motion for detention also states that police found the stolen vehicle parked to the rear of Abdallah's residence.

Abdallah appeared Wednesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge George Cannon for a detention hearing and was ordered detained pending trial. A trial date has not yet been set.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

If convicted of the carjacking offense, Abdallah faces up to 15 years in federal prison. In addition, if he is convicted of using a firearm in connection with the carjacking offense, he faces a mandatory term of imprisonment of 7 years in federal prison, which by law must be served consecutively to any sentence he would receive for a carjacking conviction.

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