Teen Girls Charged in Fatal Carjacking to Get Plea Deal

The two 13 and 15-year-old girls charged with the murder and armed carjacking of Mohammad Anwar, 66, in DC , have reached a plea deal, Breitbart reports.

“The Washington Post, which sat-in on the virtual hearing for the two juveniles held on Wednesday, reports that the prosecutor had told the judge they were expecting to give attorneys plea bargain offers in the ‘next day or two,’” Fox 5 reported Friday.

It was the teenagers’ second court appearance. The teenagers were charged following an armed carjacking that left an elderly Uber Eats driver dead, Breitbart News reported March 25:

Police confirmed two young teenagers, aged 15 and 13, were formally charged Wednesday with crimes including felony murder after an alleged carjacking resulted in the death of 66-year-old grandfather Mohammad Anwar on March 23. The girls, whose identities have been withheld in light of their status as minors, allegedly hijacked Anwar’s vehicle.

Authorities say the girls may have used a stun gun on Anwar, causing the loss of control that led to the fatal crash. Anwar’s car flipped as it traveled near Nationals Park, on the 1200 block of Van Street SE. Anwar was thrown from the vehicle onto the sidewalk. D.C. Fire and EMS responded, transporting Anwar to a local hospital where he later died.

A video of the incident showed the girls, one wearing an orange hoodie, inside the vehicle as Anwar stood next to it. A few seconds later, the car took off down the street, ending with Anwar’s Honda Accord on its side, the girls climbing out and a fatally injured Anwar motionless on the sidewalk.

“She’s stealing their car,” someone behind the camera said as it disappeared out of sight. Moments later, a loud crash was heard and the witness recording the video found the vehicle on its side:

Following the incident, Anwar’s family released a statement and described him as “a hardworking immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2014 to build a better life for himself and his family,” adding the incident resulted in “immeasurable” loss to the family, according to the report.

The Fox report continued:

D.C. laws prohibit a 13-year-old from being tried as an adult. At 15-years-old, the D.C. Attorney General’s Office could petition for a case to be transferred to the adult court system. Court sources told FOX 5 that usually happens during the first hearing. The Washington Post reported there was no indication the prosecutor was planning to do so following the second hearing.

The teenagers have reportedly pled the juvenile equivalent of “not guilty,” the outlet concluded.

The deal would ensure that the two teenagers will not be held until they reach age 21 or be placed in a prison facility, according to the Daily Mail.

A GoFundMe campaign, launched on behalf of his family, had raised more than $1million to cover the costs of a funeral and to provide for his survivors, the Daily Mail reported.

“Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one,” the family said.

“Words can not describe how our family is feeling currently. Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache, and anguish are just a few that come to mind.”

 

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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