Suspect convicted in attempted carjacking of teen driving home from Philly church: DA

A terrifying night unfolded when a teenage girl became the victim of an armed attempted carjacking in Northeast Philadelphia, and now one of the suspects is being held responsible more than two years later.

On Monday, DA Larry Krasner announced that Deandrade Jeferson has been convicted of Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of an Instrument of Crime and related offenses.

Jeferson and two other suspects, who remain at large, approached the teen's vehicle while she was driving home from a Valentine's Day event at her church on February 22, 2022.

Officials say he tapped her window with a firearm before firing a bullet into the bottom of her car door.

The teen, along with two other teen passengers, were able to drive off.


Video recorded by the victim following the attempted carjacking shows a hand print on the window, along with the bullet hole.

Surveillance footage also captured the entire incident.

"Investigators believe that Jeferson and others were the drivers behind a number of other carjacking incidents and that they were targeting people of Brazilian descent due to the possibility that victims may be undocumented," the DA's office said in a release.

Jeferson was arrested in June 2022, and ultimately found guilty by a jury. He is scheduled for sentencing on August 9.