Four Men Going to Prison After Beating, Robbing and Kidnapping Truck Driver at Gunpoint
Alexandria, VA — Four men are set to be sentenced for their roles in a conspiracy to hijack a tractor-trailer in order to obtain money.
In June, a federal grand jury indicted New York residents Stephen Pierre Paul, 30, Wayne Ricardo Taylor, 26, Cornelius Crossman, 37, and Odane Butler, 27, on charges of carjacking, armed robbery and possession of a firearm in relation to a crime of violence.
According to a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, they have now been convicted and are facing up to life in prison.
Court documents indicate the crimes were committed on April 1, 2021, at a truck stop in Mount Jackson, VA.
The men, brandishing a loaded 9 mm handgun, forced a trucker into their 2004 black Ford van with Florida tags.
The trucker’s name was not disclosed in court documents, but he was identified as an owner-operator.
The indictment states the men beat and bound the owner-operator as another co-conspirator stole his 2013 red Freightliner Cascadia tractor pulling a Wabash trailer.
The rig had Alabama tags and was loaded with 91 boxes of assorted cigarettes containing 8,929 cartons and 89,929 packs of cigarettes.
The conspirators, having kidnapped the truck driver, then fled in the van and big rig along eastbound Interstate 66 headed to New York.
However, law enforcement officials were able to safely stop the vehicles via a roadblock on I-66 in Fairfax County, VA, where one co-conspirator attempted to flee, but each were arrested.
Thankfully, the truck driver did not suffer serious physical injury.
Crossman and Butler will be sentenced for their roles in the conspiracy on December 10, 2021, and January 21, 2022, respectively.
Pierre-Paul and Taylor will be sentenced on March 11, 2022.
Each face a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years and maximum of life in prison.