Who was Mohammad Anwar? Uber Eats driver killed as girls, 13 and 15, carjack and assault him with stun gun
'This must be a movie scene or something,' a witness thought to herself when she saw Anwar's crashed car that had flipped over, wheels spinning, near the Nationals Park
Two teen girls, 13, from Southeast DC and another, 15, from Fort Washington, Maryland have been arrested on the charges of murdering an Uber Eats driver on Tuesday, March 23, the police said. The victim, Mohammad Anwar, 66, was reportedly killed when the girls tried carjacking him near Nationals Park using a stun gun. The names of the two juvenile girls arrested in the case have not been released by the police.
The police documents on the case, released on Wednesday, March 24, states that the two girls were taken to the Metropolitan Police Department's homicide branch for processing after being arrested on felony murder and carjacking charges.
Who was Mohammad Anwar?
As per initial reports, Anwar of Springfield, Virginia, was an immigrant from Pakistan who had come to the US in 2014. He was working as an Uber Eats driver in the Navy Yard area of DC when the two teen girls assaulted him with a stun gun and his car crashed. He was a father and grandfather, reports suggest. Anwar is survived by a wife and two adult children in the US, while his four grandchildren live in Pakistan.
Law enforcement sources have revealed that Anwar's car crashed and flipped over near the park when the teenage girls, who were in his car at the time, attempted an armed carjacking. He is said to have been driving a gray sedan about a block north of National Park in 1200 block of Van Street SE at the time of the crime.
The police arrive around 4:30 pm to find the injured victim on the sidewalk. He was immediately taken to the hospital by the medics, where he was pronounced dead.
Accused teenagers were pulled out of the car
Two National Guard soldiers reportedly pulled the two teenagers out of the flipped car. They were also treated for injuries from the crash before being taken into custody. One of the witnesses Pamela Johnson said she "couldn't believe her eyes". She told in a statement, "I saw all the police cars first. Then I saw the car, and I thought, 'This must be a movie scene or something.'"
“I think that people do need to be brought to justice and that they have to stand for what they did and be accountable for their actions because someone died," she added.
Anwar's family raises over $73,000 on GoFundMe
Anwar's family has managed to raise around $73,200 through a fundraiser campaign on GoFundMe for his funeral.
The family's statement reads, "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. We will carry him with us always, but it doesn’t take the pain away of losing him so tragically and so unexpectedly soon."
"Anwar was the financial provider for his family. We would like to provide a traditional Islamic funeral for him and assist his family with the loss of income," it reads further.
The campaign on GoFundMe is organized by Lehara Bogino, whose relationship with Anwar is not identified on the GoFundMe page.
His family, in a separate statement to the press, said: “He was a hardworking immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2014 to build a better life for himself and his family. The loss for his family is immeasurable,” and called the crime "senseless."