3 men indicted in carjacking outside a convenience store

3 men indicted in carjacking outside a convenience store

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Three men were indicted for carjacking and using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant.

Elden Collins, 25, Kolonji Warren, 24, and Kristopher Harris, 23, were indicted on federal charges Tuesday.

According to the indictment, on July 17, 2019, the victim was seated inside his vehicle at the Pump and Munch gas station on East Shelby Drive. Collins and his two accomplices drove a tan Jeep SUV to the gas station and pulled alongside the victim’s vehicle.

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Investigators said Harris pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim and fired one shot into the front passenger-side window of the vehicle. After the victim fled, investigators said Warren stole the vehicle. One shell casing left at the scene was collected as evidence. Part of the carjacking incident was captured on surveillance video. It showed the suspect’s vehicle in the area and showed Warren enter the gas station prior to the carjacking.

Investigators said during the course of the investigation Collins, Warren, and Harris were all positively identified.

The three men each face sentences of up to 15 years imprisonment; a $250,000 fine and 3 years supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, “Under our Carjacking Initiative, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is continuing to coordinate with our federal and local law enforcement partners to prioritize and target carjacking cases for aggressive federal prosecution. This indictment demonstrates our resolve to incapacitate the most violent offenders, uphold the rule of law, deter criminal conduct with a strong message of significant consequences, and make our community safer.”