Former 'Most Wanted' fugitive gets 8 years for carjacking

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Local,Crime,Scott McCabe

A 20-year-old District man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for carjacking a luxury SUV while the victim was finishing pumping gas.

Darius Young was sentenced to seven years for stealing the vehicle in 2011, and an additional year for failing to appear in court for a hearing in the carjacking.

Young might look familiar to readers of The Washington Examiner. He was profiled in The Examiner in November as a "Most Wanted" fugitive after going on the lam for five months. He was captured less than five days after his story appeared in the newspaper. He is not one of the 48 fugitives whose arrests have been credited to The Examiner.

According to the government's evidence, the carjacking took place at about 12:30 p.m. in April 2011 at a service station on the 1200 block of New York Avenue NE.

The carjacking victim reported that he had just finished pumping gas into his 2008 Lexus RX350 at the BP station, when someone leapt into the SUV and sped off.

The investigation revealed that Young got out of a Toyota Camry, waited for the victim to finish pumping gas, then jumped into the Lexus.

The victim told police 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.

The SUV, however, was not with Young and has not been located.

A few days later, the victim identified Young as his carjacker from a photo array, the complaint says.

Young didn't appear for a July 6 preliminary hearing, and the U.S. Marshals Service has been trying to track him down since then.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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