Two Newark 19-year-olds were scheduled to appear in federal court Monday on carjacking charges, US Attorney Paul Fishman said in a statement.
Authorities said that on March 11, 2012, Sharod Culp and Anthony Jefferson approached two people sitting in a Hyundai Sonata parked on Patterson Street. Culp pointed a gun at the occupants and both Culp and Jefferson ordered them out of the vehicle.
Culp was scheduled to appear in Newark federal court. Jefferson, who was arrested in Florida, was set to appear before a federal magistrate in Tampa.
The carjacking count is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of 15 years in prison. The charge of use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence is punishable by a maximum potential penalty of life in prison and a mandatory minimum sentence of 7 years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other prison term. Each of the two counts also carries a maximum fine of $250,000.