Federal jurors convicted a man who carjacked a vehicle in Federal Hill, led police on a high speed chase in Anne Arundel County before crashing into a security gate that surrounds the National Security Agency, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Authorities said Dontae Small, 43, of Baltimore, faces up to 30 years in prison for carjacking, destruction of government property, and conspiracy charges for the October 2015 chase that prompted the brief closure of the Fort Meade facility. Small’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment Thursday morning.
Authorities said Small and two co-conspirators were riding in a white minivan in Federal Hill on the evening of OCt. 4, 2015, looking for victims to rob. They assaulted a man on Grindall Street and robbed him at gunpoint, taking the victim’s keys to a 2008 Acura TSX, officials said. Small and his co-conspirators fled in the car, and then stopped two other victims on Riverside Avenue, taking an iPhone phone that had fallen one victim’s pocket before fleeing, prosecutors said.
Small then drove the stolen Acura to Arundel Mills mall where Anne Arundel Police identified the car as stolen and set up surveillance. When Small returned to the vehicle, officers attempted to arrest him but Small drove off over a curb in the parking lot. Prosecutors said he narrowly missed pedestrians when he sped away without the car’s lights on.
Police followed Small to Fort Meade where Small crashed the stolen car into a security gate to the National Security Agency, prosecutors said. Small then fled and hid in a nearby sewer for hours and was not found until he emerged the next morning. He was arrested after a brief foot chase and struggle, police said.
Small’s sentencing is scheduled for 11 a.m. February 6, 2018.