ST. LOUIS, MO – A federal grand jury indicted Najee Neal today on one count of carjacking, one count of brandishing a firearm in the furtherance of a crime of violence and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The 29 year old is a resident of St. Louis, Missouri. The indictment charges Neal with the February 27, 2020, armed carjacking of victim’s 2017 Nissan Altima.
Neal faces a maximum punishment of 15 years’ imprisonment on the carjacking count; seven years imprisonment on the count of brandishing a firearm in the furtherance of a crime; and 10 years maximum for each count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Neal faces a fine of up to $250,000.
Charges set forth in the indictment are merely accusations and do not constitute proof of guilt. Every defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) Jen Szczucinski is handling the case as part of the Safer Streets Initiative. The initiative was launched by Attorney General Schmitt and U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen in January of 2019 as an unprecedented state and federal partnership to prosecute violent crime in St. Louis.