New Bedford Armed Carjacking Conviction
A 23-year-old New Bedford man who committed an armed carjacking in the City of New Bedford last October was sentenced to serve up to three-and-a-half years in state prison last week, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III announced.
Calixto Smith pleaded guilty last Wednesday in Fall River Superior Court to an indictment charging him with Carjacking While Armed.
On October 10, 2019, at around 11 pm, the male victim and his wife were driving in their Acura sedan. When the driver was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Cove Road and Orchard Street, this defendant forced his way into the rear seat of the vehicle.
The defendant immediately brandished a knife and told the victim to “get the f*ck out of the car.” The victim pulled his vehicle into a gas station parking lot on Rockdale Avenue, at which point he and his wife exited the vehicle. The defendant then exited the rear seat of the vehicle, while the male victim quickly armed himself with a baseball bat.
While all parties were outside the car, the male victim was able to chase the defendant off with the baseball bat.
The investigation into the incident lasted approximately two months before the defendant was eventually identified and apprehended.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Shawn Guilderson and the two to three-and-a-half year state prison sentence was imposed by Judge Thomas Perrino.
“This case is another example of lawlessness in our cities that cannot be tolerated,” District Attorney Quinn said.
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