U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that John Nusslein, 18, was arrested and charged with carjacking resulting in death, carjacking resulting in serious bodily injury, conspiracy to commit carjacking and carrying and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, all in connection with two carjacking incidents that occurred last December in the Northeast. Nusslein, of the Far Northeast, is being detained pending trial.
The indictment alleges that on Dec. 2, 2021, the defendant, in concert with others, placed a food delivery order to an address on the 3000 block of Teesdale St. as a ruse to lure their intended victim to that location. That evening, when the food delivery driver arrived on that block with the order, the defendant and his co-conspirators allegedly approached the driver and struck him repeatedly, stole his vehicle and fled the area. As a result of the injuries sustained in this attack, the victim delivery driver succumbed to his injuries. He was previously identified as Chung Yan Chin, 70.
Then, on Dec. 16, 2021, the defendant, in concert with others, followed the same plan and placed another food delivery order to an address on the 9000 block of Hilspach St. to lure another victim, according to the indictment. When the food delivery driver arrived to deliver his cargo, the defendant and others allegedly approached the driver, pointed a firearm at him, demanded his money and struck him, stole his vehicle and then fled.
Nusslein faces a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment.
The case was investigated by the Philadelphia Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lauren E. Stram and Robert E. Eckert.
Earlier this year, Nusslein and a 12-year-old Frankford boy were arrested by Philadelphia police for the same crime. ••