PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams has announced that 18-year-old Arnell Moore of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has been charged by indictment with carjacking and using and carrying a car. a firearm during and in connection with a violent crime in the city of Philadelphia earlier this year.
Court documents allege that on the night of March 18, 2022, the defendant and at least two accomplices requested an order for food delivery to an abandoned residential property in northeast Philadelphia, then hijacked the unsuspecting delivery driver at gunpoint upon arrival. Police recovered the stolen vehicle a few days later, and a subsequent search of Moore’s room yielded the phone used to smuggle the delivery note as well as a loaded semi-automatic firearm, which was allegedly used during the carjacking.
“The charges announced today against this defendant exemplify the kind of quick results we promised to achieve through the Carjacking Task Force and the ‘All Hands On Deck’ initiative,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. . “As alleged, Moore and his accomplices set up an innocent delivery driver and stole his vehicle, which he depends on for a living. Enough is enough – if you commit a serious violent crime like armed carjacking in our city, you can expect federal authorities to show up at your doorstep.
“ATF is true to our executive order in holding violent offenders accountable,” said Matthew Varisco, special agent in charge of the ATF’s Philadelphia field division. “Our mission is to fight violent crimes committed with guns, and this is exactly the type of case that our task force is responsible for investigating. If you commit a carjacking, you will be the under investigation by the Philadelphia Police Department, ATF, FBI, and our local, state, and federal partners.
The swift action to investigate and federally charge these defendants is the result of Philadelphia’s new carjacking task force, made up of members of the United States Attorney’s Office’s Violent Crimes Unit; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the Philadelphia Police Department. The task force’s goal is to stem the tide of armed carjackings and violent crimes through investigative and enforcement techniques designed to identify and bring to federal prosecution all those who terrorize innocent victims by committing these offenses in and around Philadelphia.
If found guilty on all counts, the accused faces a mandatory sentence of seven years in prison with a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The case has been investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by the Assistant United States Attorney, Matthew T. Newcomer.
An indictment, information or criminal complaint is an accusation. An accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.