A 14-year-old girl who pleaded guilty to murdering an UberEats driver during a botched carjacking attempt will now serve seven years in a youth detention facility after being handed the maximum possible sentence Tuesday.
The teenager, then 13, and another girl aged 15 tried to seize 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar’s car using a Taser while he was working near Nationals Park in Springfield, Virginia on March 23.
Horrific video shows them speeding off with helpless delivery driver clinging onto a side door, before the car smashed into a curb and tipped onto its side, landing on top of him.
Washington DC juvenile court judge Lynn Leibovitz said the 14-year-old would be locked up until she turned 21. In early June, the older girl was also sentenced to confinement until the same age.
Prosecutors said the younger girl showed no remorse and muttered to herself when she thought no one could hear after she was arrested: ‘If you gave me my f*****g phone, the jacks would have still been alive, but no, you want to put my damn phone in your pocket.’
The teenager, then 13, and another girl aged 15 tried to seize 66-year-old Mohammad Anwar’s (pictured) car using a Taser while he was working near Nationals Park in Springfield, Virginia on March 23
The girl told the court she was sorry, but her statement was hard to hear, reported WUSA9.
A plea deal for accepting second-degree murder charges meant the other charges against her – including armed carjacking – were dropped, and she will be released when she turns 21.
The 14-year-old has also been found responsible in two other cases – including unauthorized use of a motorized vehicle – and will be sentenced in those cases later this month.
At the time of the younger girl’s sentencing, the judge said the carjacking was ‘terrible and devastating’ and that the victim’s family would never recover from the trauma.
The girls attacked Anwar while he was working with Uber Eats delivering food in Washington, DC on March 23.
The pair got into his car at the Navy Yard Metro station about 4:30pm after he agreed to give them a lift.
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.
A video of the incident shows the encounter unfolding in a minute and a half, starting with the girls trying to force Anwar out of the car
Horrific video shows them speeding off with helpless delivery driver clinging onto a side door, before the car smashed into a curb and tipped onto its side, landing on top of him
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!’
Prosecutor Baki Baruwa says the 14-year-old stayed in the passenger seat while the 15-year old jumped into the driver’s seat.
Baruwa also said Anwar’s pleas for help went unheeded as the older girl told witnesses the car belonged to her mother.
The teen suddenly accelerates, sending the car speeding down the 1200 block of Van Street SE with Anwar clinging on to the driver side’s door.
At one point, the car is seen smashing into a metal fence from the left side, crushing the delivery driver between the barrier and the car door.
Two National Guardsmen who were in the area removed the juvenile suspects from the overturned car (pictured) and detained them until police arrived
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 succumbed to his 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, 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.’
Pictured is the moment the two girls left the wreckage of the car before being seized
A 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
The mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, tweeted then deleted a ‘tone deaf’ message advising people on how to prevent auto theft, five days after Anwar’s killing.
The 15-year-old, who also cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty on May 5, a court spokesman told The Washington Post.
In return for pleading guilty to murder, other charges – armed carjacking, robbery and aggravated reckless driving – were dropped.
One of the girls is from the DC area 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.
His family may speak publicly at the sentencing hearings, NBC Washington reports.