PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that John Nusslein, 18, of Philadelphia, PA, has been arrested and charged by indictment with carjacking causing death, hijacking car accident resulting in serious bodily harm, conspiracy to commit carjacking and carrying and discharging a firearm in a violent crime, all related to two carjacking incidents in December 2021 in Northeast Philadelphia. The accused appeared for the first time in federal court on these charges today and was held pending trial.
The indictment alleges that on December 2, 2021, the accused, in concert with others, placed an order for food delivery to an address in the 3000 block of Teesdale Street as a ruse to lure their victim to this place. That evening, when the food delivery driver arrived at this block with the order, the accused and his accomplices approached the driver and beat him repeatedly, stole his vehicle and fled the area. . As a result of the injuries sustained in this attack, the victim delivery driver succumbed to his injuries and died.
Then, on December 16, 2021, the accused, in concert with others, followed the same plan and placed another order for food delivery to an address in the 9000 block of Hilspach Street to lure another victim. When the food delivery driver arrived to deliver his cargo, the accused and others approached the driver, pointed a gun at him, demanded his money and beat him, stole his vehicle and then fled.
“Through our office’s carjacking task force, we continue to investigate, arrest and prosecute those responsible for the series of carjackings we’ve seen in Philadelphia in recent months,” the official said. US Attorney Romero. “As alleged, this defendant violently attacked two hard working people, one of whom died of his injuries. Carjacking is not a fun game or pastime, it is a federal crime serious with serious consequences.
This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for all. The Department of Justice reinvigorated the PSN in 2017 as part of the department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with law enforcement agencies. federal, state, local and tribal orders and the local community to develop effective and local services. strategies based on reducing violent crime.
The aggregate maximum sentence for the accused is the death penalty, or alternatively, a term of imprisonment up to life, with a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years’ imprisonment consecutive to any other prison term and a fine of $1,000,000.
The case has been investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Lauren E. Stram and Robert E. Eckert.
An indictment, information or criminal complaint is an accusation. An accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty.