3 men plead guilty in 2019 carjacking of Lyft driver in Detroit

DETROIT – According to the Eastern District of Michigan Attorney’s Office, three men pleaded guilty for their involvement in carjacking a Lyft driver in Detroit in 2019.

Detroit-based Marquel Bazemore, 20, Jesse Evans, 21 and Joseph Shade-Hubbard, 21, each face a prison sentence of up to 15 years for their involvement.

You are due to be sentenced in July.

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According to court records, the three men ordered a Lyft on August 9, 2019. The driver picked her up around 4 a.m. in a Cadillac Escalade on Eight Mile Road and Interstate 75 and drove into the Mark Twain and Lyndon Streets area. When the driver dropped them off, Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard got out of the vehicle and began beating the victim. Evans, who was in the passenger seat according to court records, pointed a gun at the driver and told him to give him everything he had.

Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard began searching the driver’s pockets and, according to court documents, took his wallet, credit cards and money away.

Marquel Devon Bazemore (left), Joseph Dejuan Shade-Hubbard (center) and Jesse Dudley Evans (right). (WDIV)

Shortly after the carjacking, members of the Detroit Police Department’s commercial car theft division found the Escalade parked on Dean Street on the east side of Detroit.

Officers began to watch the SUV. Shade-Hubbard, then 19, left a house on Dean Street, used keys to get into Escalade, and drove to a gas station on the 4100 block of Eight Mile Road. Arrest officials said they found the Escalade keys in his possession.

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Shade-Hubbard provided officers with the address of the house he left before boarding the Escalade, police said.

The officers went to the house with a search warrant and found a Glock pistol, two hooded sweaters and a hooded jacket, according to court records.

Bazemore and Evans – then 18 and 19 years old respectively – were found in the same room as the gun. Officers said the house belonged to Evans ‘parents and the room was identified as Evans’ bedroom. Officials said they searched Bazemore and found the driver’s stolen credit cards in his pocket.

Police said Evans was put on a live line-up with men of similar appearance. They said the driver selected Evans to be the man who was in the front seat of the Escalade before the carjacking.

Police said Shade-Hubbard, Evans and Bazemore were all interviewed while in detention and admitted to being present during the carjacking.

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Authorities said Bazemore and Evans admitted talking to Shade-Hubbard about the theft of a car. They said they knew Evans was going to attempt to steal a gun. Bazemore and Evans independently notified police that Shade-Hubbard’s idea was to rob a Lyft driver.

Police said Bazemore initially lied about his role in carjacking 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 a car was planned to be stolen, had requested a Lyft through 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.

Bazemore admitted punching the driver in the head multiple times to force him into submission, officials said. Evans said he pulled the gun out of his pocket and pointed it at the driver after Bazemore opened the door and hit the driver, according to authorities. Evans also admitted loosening the driver’s seat belt to get him out of the car, police said.

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Bazemore and Shade-Hubbard admitted to throwing the driver’s phones out of the car window to avoid being followed after carjacking, court records show.

All three men admitted to returning the driver’s car to Evan’s house on Dean Street, police said. Authorities said Bazemore told police that he had ordered groceries to be brought to Evans house using one of the driver’s stolen credit cards.

Shade-Hubbard told police he drove the Escalade to a gas station to buy socks and other items.

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.

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