USCP Officers Arrest Accused Serial Armed Carjackers

August 3, 2022
Press Release

Two men who are accused of being involved in a series of armed carjackings across the Washington, DC area are facing felony charges because of the work of several United States Capitol Police (USCP) officers.

Just before 5:00 p.m. last night, a USCP patrol officer spotted a stolen Mercedes C-Class driving eastbound, near the U.S. Capitol, on Independence Avenue, SE.

According to law enforcement reports, the driver and the passenger were believed to be armed and dangerous and wanted for open cases across the region.

When officers attempted to stop the stolen Mercedes, the sedan sped away. The car blew through stop signs and red lights. It even went the wrong way down a one-way street and clipped a car before it crashed into parked cars near 12th Street and Independence, SE, where the stolen car stopped.

The officers spotted a gun near the driver and stopped the driver from reaching for it.

The officers recovered a 9mm “ghost gun,” which had a high capacity feeding device that is capable of holding 31 rounds.

The driver, 19-year old Mekhi L. Staton of Maryland, and the passenger, 18-year old George C. Turrentine of Washington, DC, were arrested.

Staton is facing the following charges; Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Fleeing a Law Enforcement Officer/Reckless Driving, Carrying a Pistol without a License (Outside Home or Business), Possession of Unregistered Ammunition, Possession of Unregistered Firearm/Unlawful Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device, Receiving Stolen Property $1000 or More.

Turrentine is facing a charge for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle -- Passenger.