The teens who had assaulted Mohammad Anwar with a taser and caused a fatal car crash on Tuesday have been charged with felony murder and armed carjacking.
The suspects, two teenage girls aged 13 and 15, attempted to carjack the 66-year-old man around 4:30 pm on Tuesday while he was working as an Uber Eats food delivery driver in Washington, D.C. According to a witness, the 66-year-old man struggled with the teens as they tried to steal his car before crashing his vehicle and flipping it on its side a block away from Nationals Park.
Anwar was thrown from his car and was found lying on the sidewalk with critical injuries. He was rushed to the local hospital, but was pronounced dead soon after his arrival. The teens were arrested shortly thereafter by two National Guard troops who were in the area and spotted them inside of the flipped car. The two girls appeared in virtual court on Wednesday and pleaded “not involved” with the intention of being released early from juvenile detention.
Nonetheless, a judge concluded that the teens should not be released because they present a substantial risk to both people and property and also pose as a potential flight risk. The judge then ordered that the girls remain detained until their next hearing on March 31.
In a statement that was released by his family, Anwar was described as the provider for his family.
“The family is devastated by this senseless crime. Mohammad Anwar was a father, a grandfather, a husband, a brother, and uncle beloved by many here in the United States and in Pakistan, his birth country,” Anwar’s family said in their statement. “He was a hardworking immigrant who came to the United States in 2014, working tirelessly to build a better life for himself and his family. He chose happiness each day and it was infectious. The loss felt by his death is immeasurable and he is missed tremendously by family and friends.”