A second perpetrator, a 13-year-old girl, has now pled guilty over the carjacking death of an UberEats driver in Washington, DC, back in April, and will serve time in jail under a plea deal, after the DC officials suggested the two underage offenders might not be punished at all, a statement that caused a public outcry.
Thus, the second perpetrator is going to serve time in jail until she turns 21 thanks to the same plea deal as the one accepted by the other perpetrator, a 15-year-old girl. Second-degree murder charge
In April 2021, the two teens, whose identity has not been disclosed because they are underage, caused the killing of 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar, an immigrant from Pakistan, and a grandfather of four.
Anwar died when girls tasered him in order to carjack his vehicle; however, he fought back, trying to retain control of the car from outside the driver’s door.
Teen in the driver’s seat accelerated, with the elderly man clinging to the car.
The taxi driver was then crushed to death as the car smashed into a metal fence on its left side.
The brazen carjacking in Washington, DC, in broad daylight, caught public attention thanks to the video of the incident, which went viral on social media.
The footage also showed that while the UberEats delivery driver was laying nearby, the two girls were searching for a cell phone.
One of the two teen perpetrators was involved in another carjacking in DC back in January 2021.
Law and justice are different concepts
What many members of the public have found even more disturbing, however, were the initial reactions of law enforcement officials suggesting the teens might not be punished properly due to their age.
Robert Contee III, the acting chief of the DC Police Department, stated at the time that the 15-year-old who drove the delivery man’s car as he was crushed to his death couldn’t be charged as an adult.
Contee also even said that charging her wouldn’t bring back the person who was killed and that a juvenile wouldn’t be eligible as a case under Title 16 anyway.
His comments came against the backdrop of skyrocketing carjackings in DC.
They spurred indignation leading many to wonder whether the police of the nation’s capital is just acting as a defender of murderous teen criminals, whose offenses justify adult trials.
At the time, the DC police chief also admitted that there had been a number of carjacking cases in Washington since the beginning of the year, with some perpetrators involved in “multiple” cases.
He argued that the bigger problem was to prevent carjacking offenders from repeating their crimes, instead of focusing on the case of the two teens who caused the death of the unlucky UberEats delivery man.