Tuesday, January 23, 2018

New Stage carjacker gets 15 years

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement. 


Jackson Man Sentenced to 180 months in Prison for Armed Carjacking

Jackson, Miss. -  Suava Blair, 20, of Jackson, Mississippi, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate to 180 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release, after having pled guilty to brandishing and possessing a firearm during a carjacking, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Freeze, Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Blair was also ordered to pay a $1,500.00 fine.

On October 2, 2015, Blair went to New Stage Theatre in Jackson and carjacked a victim as she opened the door to her vehicle. Blair held a gun to the victim’s head and demanded that she “get out the vehicle and leave everything inside.”   Blair, along with a passenger, drove away in the carjacked vehicle. A week later, on October 9, 2015, Jackson Police Officers patrolling the area around the Mississippi State Fairgrounds came into contact with the carjacked vehicle. The officers attempted to execute a stop on the vehicle.  Instead, the driver, Suava Blair, led officers on a foot chase before eventually getting back into the carjacked vehicle and attempting to run over the officers. The officers discharged their service weapons, striking Blair in his right leg.   He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated, apprehended and arrested.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with the Jackson Police Department, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abe McGlothin, Jr.



16 comments:

Anonymous said...

How many carjackings have there been at New Stage in the last 20 years? I can remember 3 or 4 for sure.

Anonymous said...

Why hasn't Mike Hurst stepped up the heat on this Coats fellow that was just released? I thought would fit right in the wheelhouse for his EJECT program.

Anonymous said...

Mediocre engineer here, not in legal profession. How did this end up the Feds? Are armed carjacking a Federal Offense?

Anonymous said...

Feds are prosecuting because Hinds DA and the judges are just letting perps go, out on bond, free to keep on robbin and killin.

Anonymous said...

11:18: Yep. Per the law, the Feds have jurisdiction since the vehicle is an item of "interstate commerce." Just go with it, I guess.

Anonymous said...

It affects interstate commerce. The gun was probably made in another state as well as the vehicle.

Anonymous said...

Republicans believe in expansive federal jurisdiction ... when it suits their political purposes. Same for democrats as well. Human nature.

Anonymous said...

12:13 - Are you sure the gun wasn't made in Mississippi? Lots of handguns made here.

On another note...."he was taken to an area hospital, treated, apprehended and arrested". WHAT?

Anonymous said...

12:44 - Law enforcement is trained that an injured perp is NOT TO BE ARRESTED until after discharge from hospital. The arresting agency does not want to be responsible for medical treatment of a perp in custody. That cost falls on the perp (ha!) or the taxpayer.

Anonymous said...

There are numerous federal gun laws that can be enforced and had been enforced for years by the ATF and FBI. Under Obama, federal prosecutions were at their lowest # in last 20 years, especially for gun crimes. http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/03/28/federal-criminal-prosecutions-fall-to-lowest-level-in-nearly-two-decades/

Then, Sessions sent his memo. https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/federal-gun-prosecutions-23-percent-after-sessions-memo


Anonymous said...

At least Mike Hurst is doing something about crime in Jackson. I really don't care for the partisan slants. He doing more than I can say about SMH RSS.

Anonymous said...

New Stage is not unaware of their security exposure, and they liaise closely with Securitas and the Hinds County Sheriff's Office. They get special attention from Securitas, and there's always an off-duty sheriff's deputy at every performance and at late night rehearsals. Plus, the place is bristling with cameras now. That said, they're kind of snake-bit as to location - the bad guys have easy ingress and egress via Fortification, and quick access to the Interstate.

Anonymous said...


There's nothing at all to worry about living in our Belhaven !
We're doing just fine !

The streets are paved and fresh clear water bubbles forth from hidden artesian wells under Riverside Drive. (That's a local secret )

BTW . . . crime in Belhaven is only a perception.









Belhaven Historic Neighborhood

Anonymous said...

Strawman argument, 10:31.

Anonymous said...

4:30 - With all the info you laid out about on duty guards and officers and cameras and such, your parenthetical reference to proximity to the interstate has but one value: AMR can transport a perp full of holes to St D much more quickly.

If the perp requests he be transported to UMMC, his arrival will be delayed by potholes.

Anonymous said...


I lived in Belhaven 25 years...I saw my neighbor get in a shoot out with a bunch of thugs trying to rape our neighbor. I know Conner's girl friend was shot and killed in Belhaven. I know my Cadillac was a target for thieves---I had to take the battery out to keep the thieves from taking the car. You are living in a dream world if you think things in Belhaven are not going to get worse. There are robberies of all sorts that take place in the area !!!!

IT'S LIKE THE WILD WILD WEST !!!!!!! I'm glad I sold my home last year at a $30,000+ loss. WAKE UP PEOPLE !!!!!!!!

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