Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen M. Schenning announced Thursday a Maryland man was convicted on carjacking, conspiracy and destruction of property that resulted in a breach at the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade.
Forty-three-year-old Dontae Small of Baltimore conspired with others to rob victim in the Federal Hill neighborhood on October 4, 2015. Small sent a text message to one of his co-conspirators at about 10:09 p.m., which read “Get the dude cpming down da st.I parked on smoking a pipe” [sic].
Three of Small’s co-conspirators assaulted the victim on Grindall Street. They robbed him at gunpoint, stole his keys and 2008 Acura TSX. Two of the co-conspirators robbed two other victims at gunpoint the same night on Riverside Avenue. They stole an iPhone, before fleeing the area.
Small drove the stolen Acura to the Arundel Mills Mall, where police spotted the vehicle and set up surveillance. When he returned to the vehicle, police attempted to arrest him. He fled the area in the vehicle, jumping a curb almost hitting pedestrians and continued driving without headlights at a high rate of speed, according to court documents.
A high-speed chase ensued and ended when the stolen vehicle collided into a security gate at the National Security Agency. Small fled on foot and hid in a nearby sewer for several hours, while law enforcement searched for him. The following morning, he was captured after a struggle and brief foot chase.
The carjacking charge carries a 15-year prison sentence, the destruction of government property carries a 10-year prison sentence and the conspiracy charge carries five years of imprisonment.
Small’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for February 6, 2018 at 11 a.m. in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.