3 Detroit men sentenced for attacking, carjacking Lyft driver at gunpoint
DETROIT – Three Detroit men were sentenced to jail after they carried out a plot to attack and ambush a Lyft driver at gunpoint, officials said.
Elevator driver attacked
The 66-year-old Lyft driver said he received a ride request from a customer named “Ghetto Boy” at around 4am on Friday to pick up three men in the Eight Mile Road and I-75 area of Detroit.
He drove his black 2007 Cadillac Escalade to the site and picked up Marquel Devon Bazemore, Joseph Dejuan Shade-Hubbard and Jesse Dudley Evans, according to authorities.
Marquel Devon Bazemore (WDIV)Joseph Dejuan Shadow-Hubbard (WDIV)Jesse Dudley Evans (WDIV)
The driver took the three men to the Mark Twain and Lyndon area on the west side of Detroit, police said.
Bazemore got off the back seat, opened the driver’s door and started beating the driver, officials said.
The driver said he tried to protect himself until Evans, who was in the front seat of the car, pulled out a Glock 42 pistol and aimed it at him while Bazemore said, “Give me everything,” according to authorities.
When the driver saw Evans pointing a gun at him, he stopped struggling and said, “Don’t shoot. I have no problem, “said the police.
The driver told the men that his seat belt was stuck, so Evans removed it, according to the criminal complaint.
Bazemore and Evans searched the driver’s pockets and took his wallet, credit cards and about $ 70 in cash, police said. They told the driver to run away, the police said.
Shane-Hubbard sat in the driver’s seat of the Escalade, which had the driver’s three cell phones and a tablet computer, officials said.
Bazemore and Evans also got into the car and Shane-Hubbard drove away, the police said.
The driver described the passenger as a 17-22-year-old man with medium skin color, slim stature and a birthmark or tattoo under his left eye. He said one of the other passengers was about six feet tall, medium to dark complexion and thin. He couldn’t describe the third man.
Men taken into custody
Shortly after the car theft, members of the Detroit Police Department’s commercial car theft division found the Escalade parked on Dean Street on the east side of Detroit, officials said.
The officers started watching the SUV. Shade-Hubbard left a house on Dean Street around 11:00 a.m. on Friday, used keys to get into Escalade, and drove him to a gas station on block 4100 on Eight Mile Road, police said.
The 19-year-old Shade-Hubbard was taken into custody at the gas station at around 11:30 a.m. on Friday, according to the authorities. The arresting officers said they found the Escalade keys in his possession.
Shade-Hubbard provided officers with the address of the house he left before boarding the Escalade, police said.
The officers went into the house with a search warrant and, according to court records, found a Glock pistol, two hooded sweatshirts and a hooded jacket.
Bazemore, 18) and Evans (19) were found in the same room as the gun around 2:30 p.m. Friday and the room was identified as Evans’ bedroom, police said. Officials said the house belongs to Evans’ parents.
Police said Evans matched the passenger’s driver’s description. He was taken into custody.
Officials said they searched Bazemore and found the driver’s stolen credit cards in his pocket. He was also taken into custody.
Police said Evans was placed on a live line-up with men of similar physical appearance. They said the driver selected Evans as the man who was driving in the front seat of the Escalade before the car was stolen.
Details of the plan were revealed during the interviews
Police said Shade-Hubbard, Evans and Bazemore were all questioned in custody Saturday. All three admitted being present during the carjacking, officials said.
Bazemore and Evans admitted talking to Shade-Hubbard about the theft of a car, authorities said. They said they knew Evans would bring a gun to try to steal.
Bazemore and Evans independently told police that it was Shade-Hubbard’s idea to rob a Lyft driver.
Police said Bazemore initially lied about his role in stealing cars before admitting opening the driver’s door and trying to pull the driver out of the car.
Bazemore and Evans told police that Shade-Hubbard, who knew he was going to steal a car, had requested a Lyft using the app on his phone, according to court records.
Evans admitted talking to Shade-Hubbard over the phone about the plan to steal a car, police said.
Shadow Hubbard selected his sister’s home as a Lyft target, court records show.
Bazemore admitted hitting the driver on the head multiple times to force him into submission, officials said.
Evans said he took the gun out of his pocket and pointed it at the driver after Bazemore opened the door and started beating the driver, authorities said. Evans also admitted opening the driver’s seat belt to get him out of the car, police said.
Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard admitted to throwing the driver’s phones out of the car window to avoid being followed after the car was stolen, court records show.
All three men admitted to taking the driver’s car to Evan’s house on Dean Street, police said.
Bazemore told police that he had delivered groceries to Evans house using one of the driver’s stolen credit cards, according to authorities.
Shade-Hubbard told police he took the Escalade to a gas station to buy socks and other miscellaneous items, officials said.
Evans admitted trying to hide the gun under his bed when police arrived at his parents’ home with a search warrant, according to court records.
Authorities said there was a likely reason Bazemore, Shade-Hubbard and Evans took the Escalade from the owner by force and violence or through intimidation with the intention of causing death or grievous bodily harm.
Since the Cadillac was manufactured outside of Michigan, the vehicle was “shipped or transported in international trade,” according to the criminal complaint.
A special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the pistol was also shipped or transported in international trade, court records show.
The criminal complaint charged Bazemore, Shade-Hubbard and Evans with carjacking and swinging a gun during and in connection with a violent crime.
The trio pleaded guilty in May.
Federal officials said the three men were convicted on Tuesday (Sept. 28) in connection with these crimes.
Bazemore was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison.
Evans was sentenced to 114 months federal sentence.
Shade-Hubbard was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison.
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