St. Louis, MO (STL.News) – Asean Mitchell, 20, of St. Louis, was sentenced to 150 months in prison on three counts of carjacking and one count of brandishing a firearm during a federal crime of violence. He appeared in federal court yesterday before U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig.
According to court documents, on November 20, 2016, Mitchell and his accomplice, Travion Brown, committed a carjacking in the area of North 11th Street and St. Charles Street in downtown St. Louis. Mitchell and Brown approached the victim. Brown pulled a gun and ordered the victim out of the car. The victim complied. Brown and Mitchell entered the vehicle and drove away.
On November 22, 2016, Mitchell, Brown, and a third accomplice attempted another carjacking in downtown St. Louis. The victim was stopped at a red light at the intersection of 10th Street and Market Street. Mitchell, Brown and the third individual approached the vehicle. One of the carjackers tapped on the vehicle’s window with a gun. The light turned green and the victim successfully drove away.
Mitchell, Brown, and the third individual approached another victim seated in a vehicle at the intersection of Olive Street and 11th Street in St. Louis shortly after their earlier, unsuccessful carjacking. The victim waived the three men away from the vehicle and attempted to drive away when the light turned green. Brown shot the victim in the head. The three carjackers fled from the area. The victim survived.
Co-defendant Travion Brown was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White on May 4, 2018, to 300 months in prison for his role in the armed carjackings.
“We are grateful that no one lost a life during this carjacking spree and pleased that these defendants have been taken off the streets. There is always more work to be done which is why preventing, disrupting, and prosecuting those who would commit a carjacking is one of this office’s top priorities,” said U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen after Mitchell’s sentencing.