Three face federal charges for Tremont carjackings

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CLEVELAND– The three men accused in a series of carjackings in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood are now facing federal charges.

The FBI moved D’Wan Dillard, 18, Kenneth Jackson, Jr., 19, and Tervon’tae Taylor, 22, from the Cuyahoga County Jail into federal custody on Monday morning.

The FBI Cleveland Division said Taylor was involved in carjackings on July 25, Aug. 12 and Aug. 13. Jackson and Dillard are charged for one incident.

According to the indictment, an employee of Barrio was walking to his car on July 25 when he was robbed by two men.

The one suspect, who was carrying a gun, told the victim, “Lay down or I’ll kill you.” The victim was hit with a gun before Taylor and Jackson got away with man’s wallet, keys, phone and GMC Denali, the indictment said.

When the SUV was found on Ovington Avenue hours later, Cleveland police investigators collected fingerprints and DNA. They were also able to track the suspects because the stolen credit cards were used immediately after the robbery.

The indictment said Dillard admitted to his role in one of the carjackings, but that it was Taylor’s plan. Dillard told authorities he served as the lookout.

The FBI said the investigation is ongoing and others are expected to be charged.

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