Two teenage girls were arrested on felony murder charges this week after an alleged botched carjacking resulted in the tragic death of an Uber Eats driver in Washington, D.C.
What are the details?
The two suspects — a 13-year-old and 15-year-old — attacked the driver with a stun gun Tuesday causing his car to flip, NBC News reported. The older girl is from Fort Washington, Maryland, and the younger from southeast D.C. Their names have not been released by law enforcement.
The victim was 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar of Springfield, Virginia — a Pakistani immigrant and father of three who came to America in 2014 "to build a better life for himself" and his kids, according to his family, who characterized their loss as "immeasurable."
The Washington Post reported that one of the girls admitted to police that she and her partner purposefully set out with at least one stun gun to steal a car on the day of the incident.
The reported crime took place just outside Nationals Park as the girls allegedly struggled with Anwar inside his Honda Accord before the car accelerated and crashed into parked cars and flipped on its side. Anwar was reportedly flung from the vehicle and later died at a hospital from injuries sustained during the crash.
The two teenage suspects allegedly attempted to flee on foot but were quickly apprehended by police with the help of a National Guardsman stationed nearby.
The girls have been charged with felony murder and armed carjacking. They made their first court appearance via video on Wednesday, during which both suspects pleaded "not involved" — the juvenile equivalent of not guilty.
In a statement, Uber offered their condolences to Anwar's family.
"We are devastated by this tragic news and our hearts go out to Mohammad's family during this difficult time," the company said. "We're grateful the suspects have been arrested and thank the Metropolitan Police Department for their diligence with this investigation."
The incident is just the latest in a spree of carjackings that have rocked the D.C. area since last year. Authorities say that many of the carjackings involve juvenile suspects.
The Post noted that in February a carjacking task force was created to address the problem. The task force aims to aid the efforts of police in D.C. and Montgomery County by adding FBI resources and streamlining investigations that cross jurisdictional lines.
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