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Chief Says Prosecuting Teen Girls As Adults For Murder Of Uber Driver Is Pointless

Washington, DC – A bystander’s cell phone video captured the terrifying moment a 13-year-old girl and her 15-year-old female accomplice carjacked an Uber Eats driver and then crashed his car, killing him, but the DC police chief doesn’t think the teens should be prosecuted as adults.

The carjacking occurred at about 4:30 p.m. on March 23 near Nationals Park and the Navy Yard Metro station, WTTG reported.

Police said that girls were both armed with stun guns when they carjacked 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar.

A cell phone video filmed by a bystander showed Anwar hanging out of his car screaming for help.

“This is my car!” Anwar yelled as one of the girls in his car stomped on the gas and fled the area with the car’s owner hanging out the driver’s door, the video showed.

The girl sideswiped a metal barrier and a light pole with the driver’s side of Anwar’s car.

The video showed the car door was still open and slammed on Anwar multiple times.

The car careened down the block in the video and out of view, and then a split-second later, the video picked up the sound of a terrible crunch as the vehicle crashed and flipped over.

The person filming the video ran down the street where some National Guard soldiers were helping the teen girls out of the wrecked vehicle.

Anwar’s body had been thrown from the vehicle when it crashed, and he lay unmoving 15 feet from it against a gate on the sidewalk.

He did not appear to be conscious or moving in the video.

“They stole the car! They stole the car, these girls,” the guy filming told the National Guardsmen when he got to the wrecked vehicle.

Both of the girls were arrested at the scene, WTTG reported.

Anwar died of the injuries he sustained at the juveniles’ hands.

His family said he was the loving father of three and had immigrated to the United States from Pakistan to give his family a better life, WTTG reported.

“Words cannot describe how our family is feeling currently. Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache, and anguish are just a few that come to mind. We will carry him with us always, but it doesn’t take the pain away of losing him so tragically and so unexpectedly soon,” the family said in a statement, according to Newsweek.

The girls were each charged with felony murder and armed carjacking (Taser).

One of the juveniles, whose names were not released due to their ages, is a repeat offender, WTTG reported.

“We also know that at least one of them had been arrested in something very similar back in January where they were arrested for that as well,” DC Metropolitan Police Commander Ramey Kyle told reporters. “So it does seem there was a pattern there.”

Sources told WTTG that suspect had been accused of involvement in several robberies and multiple carjackings.

Carjackings in DC have spiked by 350 percent in 2021 over the same period of time last year, WTTG reported.

“This current carjacking and robbery uptick we can definitely say that many of those crimes are being committed by juveniles,” Cmdr. Kyle said.

DC Metropolitan Police Acting Chief Robert Contee called the “tragedy” of Anwar’s death just one of many this year in the nation’s capital, WTTG reported.

“That’s one of many. We have one for that particular – one of the individuals involved, but there are several carjackings that we have had so far this year where we’re seeing individuals that are involved in multiple, multiple cases,” Chief Contee said.

“So clearly I think that speaks to us really examining, as a community, the accountability that’s in place,” he said. “You know, how is it that someone is charged with carjacking or is responsible for carjacking commits another carjacking and another carjacking? I think it’s the larger issue than just this one particular case.”

The chief said he wanted to see accountability but then said he didn’t think the 15-year-old girl who killed Anwar should be tried as an adult, WTTG reported.

“The 15-year-old would not be charged as an adult,” he said. “You know, obviously, this is a tragic case and, you know, charging this person as an adult [who’s] a juvenile … does not bring back the lost loved one in this case.”

“And certainly, again, the 15-year-old would not be eligible as a Title 16 case,” Chief Contee added. “You know, and it’s not really pointing fingers at anyone – the courts or anyone.”

He said police couldn’t make arrests to solve the carjacking problem, WTTG reported.

“We have to ask ourselves as a community, is what we’re seeing with responding to how carjackers are being held accountable – is that sufficient?” the police chief asked. “Does that align with the desires of our community? And I would say that if it does not – that everyone, we need to take a look at what we’re doing and how we can be more effective in ensuring that these things are fewer and far in between.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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