District authorities are asking for help in tracking down a man who failed to show in court to face a carjacking charge.
Darius Young, 19, is charged in the April 9 carjacking at the BP gas station located at 1231 New York Ave. NE. He didn't appear for a July 6 preliminary hearing, and the U.S. Marshals Service has been trying to track him down since then.
"Darius has been on the run for months, his family is worried and wants him to do the right thing and so do we," Deputy Justin Bankert said.
The carjacking victim reported that he had just finished pumping gas into his 2008 Lexus RX350 at about 12:30 a.m. when someone leapt into the SUV and sped off, according to a criminal complaint.
The complaint alleges that Young got out of his Toyota Camry, waited for the victim to finish pumping gas, then jumped into the Lexus.
The victim told officers that he could track the location of his iPhone, which was in the vehicle. About three hours later, officers from the auto theft unit tracked the phone to the 600 block of 46th Place SE, the complaint says.
An officer saw a man who matched the description of a suspect captured by the gas station's surveillance cameras and Young was taken into custody. The SUV, however, was not with Young and has not been located, according to the complaint.
A few days later, the victim identified Young as his carjacker from a photo array, the complaint says.
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Young is described as black, about 6 feet tall and about 240 pounds. He is known to spend time in the Benning Ridge area of Southeast D.C.
Anyone with information about his whereabouts can call the Marshals Service at 301-489-1717 or 800-336-0102.