Two East St. Louis Men Indicted for String of Carjackings in the Metro East

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East St. Louis, Ill. – Armon R. Simpson, 18, and Jamariante N. Burgess, 19, both of East St. Louis, 
Illinois, have been charged by superseding indictment with Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking, 
Carjacking,  and  Use  of  a  Firearm  During  a  Crime  of  Violence.  Both  men  have  been  
ordered detained pending trial.
According to court documents, between July 12, 2021, and August 5, 2021, Simpson, Burgess, and  
others,  conspired  to  commit  armed  carjackings,  including  three  carjackings  in  the  
Eastern District of Missouri and the Southern District of Illinois. The final carjacking prior to 
their arrest occurred on August 5, 2021. Burgess and Simpson approached a vehicle in downtown Saint 
Louis, Missouri, displayed firearms at the passengers, and forcibly took their vehicle. Afterwards, 
they fled to East St. Louis, Illinois, where they shot a man walking in an apartment complex and 
then discarded the stolen vehicle.

If convicted, Simpson and Burgess face up to 15 years imprisonment on the Carjacking charge, 5 
years for Conspiracy to Commit Carjacking, and an additional sentence of 7 years for Using a 
Firearm during a Crime of Violence, which must run consecutive to all other sentences.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty 
beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This  case  was  brought  as  part  of  Project  Safe  Neighborhoods  (PSN),  the  centerpiece  of  
the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program 
proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders 
work together  to  identify  the  most  pressing  violent  crime  problems  in  the  community  and 
 develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement 
efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry 
programs for lasting reductions in crime.

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This case was investigated by the Illinois State Police Public Safety Enforcement Group (PSEG),
the East St. Louis Police Department, Saint Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and Saint Louis County Police Department. PSEG is a newly formed Illinois State Police unit embedded in
and working in direct partnership with the East St. Louis Police Department.
Assistant United States Attorney Alexandria Burns is prosecuting the case.

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