A 13-year-old girl in Washington DC pleaded guilty Thursday to the murder of a man she and another girl carjacked in March.
The girl, who has not been publicly identified, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in juvenile court, and the other charges against her — including armed carjacking — were dropped.
She will be sentenced on July 6 and can be sentenced to at least seven years in juvenile detention before being released at age 21 if she receives the maximum sentence.
according to NBC Washington, the girl is currently in the custody of the DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.
A 13-year-old girl in Washington DC on Thursday pleaded guilty to the murder of a man she and another girl carjacked in March, the second plea in the case.
The two girls attacked a Pakistani immigrant while he was delivering food with Uber Eats in Washington, D.C., on March 23.
WUSA9 reports that the girl’s eyes were “downcast” when she appeared on WebEx for Thursday’s court proceedings, wearing a plastic shield.
The 13-year-old has also been found responsible in two other cases – including unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle – and will also be sentenced in those cases in July.
The two girls attacked a Pakistani immigrant, Mohammad Anwar, 66, while he was delivering food with Uber Eats in Washington, DC, on March 23.
They got into his car at the Navy Yard subway station around 4:30 PM.
Anwar then drove a short distance to the streets near Nationals Park before a struggle broke out with the two girls, one of whom was armed with a taser.
Mohammad Anwar, 66 (left), was eventually rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries, including head trauma and broken bones. A video of the incident shows the encounter unfolding over a minute and a half, ending with Anwar’s Honda Accord on its side, the girls climbing out and a mortally injured Anwar lying sprawled and motionless on the sidewalk.
A video of the incident shows the encounter unfolding over a minute and a half, ending with Anwar’s Honda Accord on its side, the girls getting out and a mortally injured Anwar sprawled and motionless on the sidewalk.
The 90 second clip opens with Anwar struggling to regain control of his car after the two girls went inside.
“They’re thieves,” he hears him say, trying to pull the girl out of the driver’s seat of the parked car. ‘This is my car!’
Prosecutor Baki Baruwa says the 13-year-old remained in the passenger seat while the 15-year-old jumped into the driver’s seat.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area retrieved the underage suspects from the overturned car and held them until police arrived and arrested them
Baruwa also said that Anwar’s pleas for help were ignored when the older girl told witnesses that the car belonged to her mother.
The teenager suddenly speeds up, sending the car down the 1200 block of Van Street SE, while Anwar clings to the driver’s side door.
At one point, the car is seen crashing into a metal gate from the left, crushing the delivery man between the barrier and the car door.
As the car moves off into the distance, a screeching noise is heard, followed by a loud crash.
The bystander filming the incident runs to the scene of the accident to see the car overturn and the two girls climb out of the wreckage
The bystander who films the incident runs to the scene of the accident and sees the car roll over and the two girls climb out of the wreckage.
Anwar’s body may lie motionless on the corner on the sidewalk as witnesses rush to get help.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area extracted the minor suspects from the overturned car and held them until police arrived and arrested them.
Anwar was eventually rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries, including head trauma and broken bones.
He was described in a GoFundMe post as “a hard-working Pakistani immigrant who came to the United States to create a better life for him and his family.”
The GoFundMe campaign, launched on behalf of his family, has raised more than $1 million to cover the costs of a funeral and care for his bereaved.
“Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend who always provided a smile when you needed it,” the family said.
Words cannot describe how our family is feeling right now. Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache and fear are just a few that come to mind.’
The graphical video clip starts with Anwar trying to pull one of the suspects out of the driver’s seat
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted a “tone deaf” message five days after Anwar’s murder advising people how to avoid car theft.
Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a video from the Metropolitan Police Department on the prevention of car theft with the caption: ‘Car theft is a high-risk crime. Follow these steps to reduce the risk of your vehicle becoming a target. Remember the motto, #ProtectYourAuto.’
The tweet drew outrage from critics who called it tone-deaf in light of Anwar’s death.
One critic tweeted: “Terrible timing of this clearly planned tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a scourge in DC – there’s not much you can do [with regard to] risk reduction in addition to simply not driving.’
Anwar was described in a GoFundMe post as “a hard-working Pakistani immigrant who came to the United States to create a better life for him and his family”
The 15-year-old, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty on May 5, a court spokesman said. The Washington Post.
In exchange for a guilty plea to murder, other charges – armed carjacking, robbery and grossly reckless driving – were dropped.
She can be sentenced as early as Friday and will serve a maximum of six years until she is 21. Judicial proceedings for minors are closed to the public, so it’s not clear if her light possible sentence is because she’s a minor, but it’s highly likely.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area retrieved the minor suspects from the overturned car (pictured) and held them until police arrived and arrested them
The 15-year-old could have been charged as an adult, but it would have set a high bar for prosecutors to meet, the Post said, and prosecutors would have had to prove she couldn’t be rehabilitated.
One of the girls is from the DC area and the other is from neighboring Fort Washington, Maryland.
Anwar, who lived in suburban Springfield, Virginia, moved to the United States in 2014, his family said.
His family will be allowed to speak publicly during the sentencing hearings, NBC Washington reports.