Criminals be warned: Suspects accused in violent carjackings could now face federal charges

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GREENFIELD -- Would-be carjackers can consider themselves warned: Violent carjacking cases are now being charged federally.

As violent carjackings continue to occur in and around Milwaukee, those investigating these crimes are getting some assistance from the feds. It involves the kind of collaboration that should concern violent criminals in Milwaukee County.

Devonte Hayes

Devonte Hayes

Greenfield Police Sergeant Christopher DeGlopper says while local law enforcement officials have been doing all they can to keep up, he's happy to have some help. DeGlopper says an attempted carjacking case involving 18-year-old Norman Howard, and 19-year-old Davonte Hayes has netted federal charges.

"It's reached the point where people have to be made an example of," said DeGlopper.

"In the federal system, there is the potential for significant penalties for this type of conduct," said Gregory Haanstad, U.S. attorney.

A very violent summer, complete with consistent carjackings in southeastern Wisconsin is attracting the attention of Haanstad, who tells FOX6 News the feds are not afraid to flex when fitting.

"We have to establish not only that a person took or attempted to take a car by violence or intimidation, but we also have to show that person acted with intent to cause death, or serious bodily harm," said Haanstad.

Haanstad explains there have been a couple of cases meeting the criteria for federal involvement. And as his office continues to participate in a comprehensive crack-down, more could come.

"We're going to work with the ATF, the FBI, as well as the District Attorney's Office and local police departments to bring federal resources to bear on people that engage in this violent sort of carjacking," said Haanstad.

Those federal resources include potentially longer sentences, and the fact that a greater percentage of those sentences must be served, prior to parole eligibility.


  • Hillary Clinton

    Since the story doesn’t say what crime(s) these two were actually arrested and charged with, I will just assume it was Armed Robbery. It this in fact is the case, Armed Robbery is listed as a Class C felony in the Wisconsin State Statutes. A Class C felony is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and 15 years of parole. That’s a pretty long sentence! So do we really need the feds to prosecute these cases? I guess the feds also see the slap on the wrists our Circuit Court judges are handing down and figure they better do something before all of Milwaukee and the surrounding communities burn.

    • chris

      Yes we do. Because our spineless DA and judicial system will accept a plea deal to theft and give them 18 months

  • Fred

    Geez, it took the Fed’s to come up with this idea??? Stealing a car is totally different than stealing somebody’s cell phone – just look at the financial impact to the victim. Now when you steal with force, or use a deadly weapon, there should be no difference at all in either case. When will liberal Wisconsin wake up and stop enabling the criminals to continue their reign of terror? Citizens need to arm themselves and put a permanent stop to these POS thugs who think they can get away with this activity….

  • chris

    Good thing the feds are interjecting. I guess they think the Milwaukee DA, judges and police chief are a joke. Of course I CCW so if they want to try to jack me I’ll just add to Milwaukee’s homicide numbers..but mine will be justified.

    • Fred

      Spread the CCW word my friend. Sooner or later these POS thugs are going to find themselves jacking the wrong person and they WILL die.

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