Grand Jury Indicts New Orleans Man for Conspiracy, Carjacking, and Weapons Violations

Published 6:14 am Friday, November 11, 2022

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that on  November 10, 2022, TYRESE HARRIS, age 19, resident of Orleans Parish, was charged in a five-count superseding indictment for conspiracy, carjacking, and weapons violations.  Count 1 charges HARRIS with conspiracy to commit carjackings beginning August 19, 2021, through February 1, 2022 in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 371.  Count 2 charges HARRIS with a carjacking that occurred on August 19, 2021, in the 600 block of Washington Avenue in New Orleans, LA in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(1). Count 3 charges HARRIS with using a firearm in furtherance of the carjacking in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 924(c)(1)(A)(ii).  In Count 4, HARRIS is charged with an attempted carjacking at 700 block of Howard Avenue on January 18, 2022 in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(1).  Finally, in Count 5, HARRIS is charged with a carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury that occurred on February 1, 2022, at the 3800 block of S. Carrollton Avenue in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2119(2).

In Count 1, HARRIS faces up to maximum of 5 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $$250,000.00, up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.   For Counts 2 and 4, HARRIS faces a maximum sentence of 15 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, a period of up to 3 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00 for each count.  In Count 3, HARRIS faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years up to a maximum of life imprisonment, to be run consecutive to any other sentence imposed, a fine of up to $250,000.00, a period of up to 5 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00. In Count 5, HARRIS faces a sentence of a maximum 25 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000.00, a period of up to 5 years of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment fee of $100.00.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives and the New Orleans Police Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Inga Petrovich of the Violent Crime/Strike Force Unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.