Two teenage girls have been charged with felony murder after an alleged carjacking attempt that claimed the life of a food delivery driver in Washington D.C., police said.
At around 4:30 p.m. March 23, Mohammad Anwar, 66, was working for Uber Eats when the juveniles, ages 13 and 15, attempted to steal his Honda Accord, D.C. police said, according to the Washington Post.
One girl was allegedly armed with a stun gun.
The 15-year-old managed to jump behind the wheel and the 13-year-old got into the passenger seat, police said.
Anwar, who was reportedly forced from the vehicle during the altercation, tried to get back in and climbed on top of the older teen as the younger child appeared to put the car into gear, according to police.
The sedan accelerated with Anwar hanging from the open driver’s side door, plowed into parked cars outside Nationals Park and flipped on its side. Anwar was thrown from the vehicle and onto the sidewalk.
The teens attempted to flee the scene but were apprehended. Anwar later passed away from his injuries, which included head trauma, at an area hospital, law enforcement officials said.
“I saw all the police cars first. Then I saw the car, and I thought, 'This must be a movie scene or something,’” Pamela Johnson told WRC-TV. “I think that people do need to be brought to justice and that they have to stand for what they did and be accountable for their actions, because someone died.”
In a statement, relatives of the victim, who was originally from Pakistan, said they are “devastated by this senseless crime.”
“He was a hardworking immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2014 to build a better life for himself and his family,” the statement reads. “The loss for his family is immeasurable.”
Anwar, who loved ones wrote was a “friend who always provided a smile when you needed one,” leaves behind a wife, three children and four grandchildren.
In addition to felony murder, the two girls face charges of armed carjacking, authorities said.
On March 24, lawyers for the teen suspects entered pleas of not involved — the equivalent of not guilty for juveniles — in D.C. Superior Court.
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