A 15-year-old girl in Washington DC pleaded guilty to the murder of an Uber Eats delivery driver, whose car she stole and crashed, killing him as he fought.
The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to the March 23 murder on May 5, a court spokesman told The Washington Post on Tuesday.
In return for pleading guilty to murder, other charges – armed carjacking, robbery and aggravated reckless driving – were dropped.
She will be sentenced on June 4 and, as part of the deal, will serve a maximum of six years, until she is 21. Court proceedings for minors are closed to the public, so it’s not clear if her light potential sentence is because she’s a minor, but it’s very likely.
A second girl, aged 13, is yet to resolve her case, and a hearing is scheduled for May 17. She cannot be charged as an adult.
The 15-year-old could have been, but it would have been a high bar for prosecutors to meet, the Post said, and prosecutors would have had to prove that she couldn’t be rehabilitated.
Two girls (left center), ages 13 and 15, who were charged with the murder and carjacking of Pakistani immigrant, Mohammad Anwar (right), 66, killed last month while working at his job delivering food in Washington, DC
The two teenage girls were arrested immediately at the scene (pictured)
The pair attacked a Pakistani immigrant, Mohammad Anwar, 66, while he was working with Uber Eats delivering food in Washington, DC.
One of the girls is from the DC 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.
They got in to his car at the Navy Yard Metro station about 4:30pm.
Anwar then drove a short distance to the streets close to Nationals Park before a struggle broke out with the two girls, one of whom was armed with a taser.
A video of the incident shows the encounter unfolding in a minute and a half, ending with Anwar’s Honda Accord on its side, the girls climbing out and a fatally injured Anwar sprawled and motionless on the sidewalk.
The 90-second clip begins with Anwar struggling to regain control of his car after the two girls made their way inside.
‘They’re thieves,’ he is heard saying, as he attempts to pull the girl out of the driver seat of the parked car.
‘This is my car!’
The graphic video clip begins with Anwar attempting to pull one of the suspects out of the driver seat
The girl then accelerates while Anwar is still hanging off from the left side of the car, sending the vehicle speeding down the road. At one point, the car is seen smashing into a metal fence (right) from its left side, crushing the delivery driver between the barrier and car door
The Honda flipped on its side after hitting something and causing Anwar to be ejected onto the sidewalk
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area removed the juvenile suspects from the overturned car (pictured) and detained them until police responded to the scene and arrested them
The teen suddenly accelerates, sending the car speeding down the 1200 block of Van Street SE with Anwar still clinging on to the driver side’s door.
At one point, the car is seen smashing into a metal fence from its left side, crushing the delivery driver between the barrier and car door.
As the car continues to speed off into the distance, a screeching sound is heard followed by a loud crash.
The bystander filming the incident runs over to the site of the crash to find the car rolled over and the two girls climbing out of the wreckage.
Anwar’s body can be seen lying motionless on the corner on the sidewalk, as witnesses scramble to get help.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area removed the juvenile suspects from the overturned car and detained them until police responded to the scene and arrested them.
Anwar was eventually rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.
Disturbing video footage shows two teenage suspects climbing out of the wreckage
National Guard troops pulled the girls, ages 13 and 15, from the victim’s overturned car. One of them is pictured in an orange sweatshirt just steps away from the victim’s body
He was thrown on to the sidewalk and sustained fatal 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, had raised more than $1 million to cover the costs of a funeral and to provide for his survivors.
‘Anwar was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, and friend who always provided a smile when you needed one,’ the family said.
‘Words can not describe how our family is feeling currently. Devastation, confusion, shock, anger, heartache, and anguish are just a few that come to mind.’
They are yet to comment on the plea deal.
The mayor of Washington DC, Muriel Bowser, tweeted then deleted a ‘tone deaf’ message advising people on how to prevent auto theft, five days after Anwar’s killing.
Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a Metropolitan Police Department video about preventing car thefts with the caption: ‘Auto theft is a crime of opportunity. 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: ‘Horrible timing on this clearly scheduled tweet. And even if Mohammed Anwar wasn’t dead, carjackings are a plague in DC — there isn’t a lot you can do [with regard to] risk reduction besides simply not driving a car.’
Bowser’s official Twitter account posted a Metropolitan Police Department video about preventing car thefts, five days after Anwar’s murder. It has since been deleted
Bowser’s tweet drew outrage from critics who called it tone deaf in light of Anwar’s death