Two teen girls that faced murder charges over UberEats driver Mohammad Anwar’s death have reached a shocking plea deal that will keep them out of prison completely.
A recent carjacking in Washington, D.C., attracted national attention because the carjackers who are 13 and 15-years-old were caught on video during and immediately after the crime. There was outrage by many who watched the video and saw that as the Uber-eats driver lay dying close by, the girls were more interested in finding a cell phone.
DC Police report that the two girls planned to carjack someone, but it’s unclear why they chose Mr. Anwar. Their weapon for the crime was a stun-gun.
Navy Yard Metro station was where Mr. Anwar picked up the two girls. According to eyewitnesses, he drove to Nationals Park, where an argument and then a struggle between the girls and the man happened. The DC Police believe Mr. Anwar had left the Honda but was wedged between the door and the driver’s seat when the girls allegedly put the car in gear. The car moved forward with Mr. Anwar holding on, and he was eventually ejected from the car. In the video below, the girls can be seen being pulled out of the car that turned on its side when it came to a stop.
According to the Daily Mail, the two teens just reached a shocking plea deal even though one of the teens is a suspect in another carjacking from January. The prosecutor ensured ‘they will not be held past the age of 21 nor be placed in a prison facility.’
If the tables were turned, there would be riots in D.C.
According to The Washington Post, the teen’s lawyer Bonnie Lindemann did not indicate that her office would try to transfer the 15-year-old’s case to adult court. Under D.C. law, the 13-year-old could not be prosecuted as an adult due to her age.
A D.C. Criminal Defense Lawyer spoke with Fox5DC to explain why the girls will not be punished:
“How old that juvenile is, whether they’ve been juvenilely adjudicated previously. Whether they’ve – whether there’s a gun used in this case. In this case there’s no firearm, it was a stun gun. So there’s lots of determinations. there’s lots of factors to be considered for the Attorney General and then the judge to make the decision that a person is better charged as an adult than a juvenile.”
The bottom line is the “D.C. court operates under the presumption that a juvenile can be rehabilitated in ways the adult system may not be able to support.”
66-year-old Mohammad Anwar immigrated from Pakistan and is survived by three children. His family says he came to America to make a better life for his family.
The DC area has seen carjackings skyrocket, and the criminals are getting younger. The reasons given by police are two-fold. They say kids have too much “idle time” and that people are going through hard times during the pandemic.
According to FOX5DC, local police officials have suggested that schools, many of which have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, have suggested that kids are more prone to have idle time without the focus provided by schools.
“I can just say that when you have people out of school with a lot more time on their hands, I think that’s a large part of it,” said Detective Sargent Rob Grims, who also mentioned the financial hardship many families are going through in this pandemic.