KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A Crips gang member who stole the vehicle of a veteran at an ATM has been convicted of carjacking.
The jury also found Edward Laquan Springs, 23, to be a member of the Crips street gang.
Knox County Judge Scott Green set sentencing for Sept. 26. Springs faces between 15 and 25 years in prison.
In a four-day trial, Assistant District Attorneys Ashley McDermott and Mitch Eisenberg told the jury that on Oct. 13, 2016, the victim was at the ATM at the Home Federal Bank on Merchants Drive when Springs and co-defendant Brandon Moats pointed a gun him and took his truck, including his wife’s wheelchair ramp.
Knoxville Police Department Investigator Mike Washam learned the suspects were from Chattanooga and sent screen captures from the ATM video to the gang unit at the Chattanooga Police Department.
Investigators discovered Facebook live videos taken by the suspects and others inside the victim’s truck where you can see the victim’s handicap tag hanging from the rearview mirror, according to a news release from the Knox County District Attorney’s office.
The defendants took the victim’s truck to Chattanooga then Nashville, where they committed another carjacking at a gas station.
“This gang crime spree was stopped thanks to the cooperation between law enforcement agencies across the state,” said Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen.
Carjacking is a Class B felony that was enhanced to a Class A felony when the jury found that Springs committed a criminal gang offense, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.