Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City

For Immediate Release 2/23/2017

Central/East Baltimore— Namon Leggett was sentenced to 30 years—suspend all but 12 years—for carjacking a man near the campus of Johns Hopkins University (JHU). Assistant State’s Attorney Alex Rothstein prosecuted the case.

On July 15, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m., a man was parked in the 300 block of University Parkway—just north of the Johns Hopkins University campus—when Leggett approached the vehicle and pointed a gun at the driver.

Leggett demanded the driver to empty the contents of his pockets and exit the vehicle. Leggett entered the vehicle and drove toward Greemount Avenue. As Leggett drove away, the driver was able to locate a member of the JHU campus police, who contacted the BPD.

Patrol officers located Leggett and pursued him into the Barclay neighborhood in East Baltimore where Leggett deserted the stolen vehicle and fled on foot. He was apprehended by police in the rear of the 2400 block of Guilford Avenue.

“This verdict could not have been secured without the persistent dedication of our embedded detectives in the Gun Violence Enforcement Division (GVED),” said Rothstein. “I want to commend Detectives Pietryak, Melnick, Spila and Ferguson for their efforts. This case was proven in large part because of jail call monitoring, as well as persistent contact with and transportation of our witness. It was a privilege to be part of such a collaborative effort.”

In 2016, State’s Attorney Mosby and BPD Commissioner Davis created the GVED, which is an investigative and prosecutorial unit made up of highly skilled prosecutors and Baltimore Police detectives who focus on gun offenders.

“If you are known to law enforcement as a Violent Repeat Offender who regularly carries unlawful firearms, we will bring the full resources of the police department and our office to bear in your arrest and prosecution,” said State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “Our crime reduction strategy is simple—remove violent crime drivers who carry guns from our streets at every opportunity with the understanding that once they are locked up, they are no longer a danger to themselves or the public.”

The State’s Attorney’s Office for Baltimore City has implemented a data-driven intelligence model to help its prosecutors identify and more effectively prosecute violent crime.