An Uber Eats driver in Washington, D.C. was caught on video trying to prevent two teenage girls from allegedly stealing his car moments before he was brutally killed after the vehicle sped away.
The girls, ages 13 and 15, were reportedly armed with a stun gun. They now face a range of felony charges following the death of Mohammad Anwar, 66, a Pakistani immigrant who lived in nearby Springfield, Va. NBC News said Anwar died at a hospital following the traumatic carjacking.
The outlet said the 13-year-old is from Southeast D.C., while the 15-year-old is from Fort Washington, Md. Their names have not been released due to their status as juveniles.
Graphic video taken by a bystander initially shows Anwar struggling with a black female in an orange hoodie from outside his vehicle shouting, “This is my car!” before the vehicle suddenly surges forward and continues down a street.
The bystander continues taking video as the car barrels seemingly out of control and disappears around a corner down the block before a loud crash is heard. At that, the bystander appears to run down the street to find the vehicle on its side after crashing into another vehicle. National Guard troops are seen pulling a black teen in a gray sweatshirt from the vehicle, with Anwar lying motionless, face down, against a gate on the sidewalk.
Warning: Extremely graphic
They murdered an Uber Eats driver in DC. pic.twitter.com/Zz7xOu0Piv
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 27, 2021
Reports noted that the two girls were booked into the Metropolitan Police Department on felony murder and carjacking charges. NBC News said the pair have already appeared in court.
Anwar came to the U.S. in 2014. His family said he is a father and grandfather with several loved ones in the U.S. and in Pakistan.
EXCLUSIVE: Law enforcement sources tell me 2 teenage girls, ages 13 & 15, are accused of an armed car jacking in SE Washington, DC. The car crashed & flipped over near Nats Park. The victim landed on the sidewalk & died at a hospital. Police arrested 2 suspects: @nbcwashington. pic.twitter.com/S5sqKE5gKc
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) March 24, 2021
“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,” said a statement released by family members, adding that the crime was “senseless.”
He is survived by his wife and two adult children in the U.S., as well as an adult son and four grandchildren in his native Pakistan.
The incident took place around 4:15 p.m. local time. Police and EMS arrived at the scene of the crash around 4:30 p.m., reports said. Anwar was still alive when medics arrived, but he would not survive the incident.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Anwar’s pay for the funeral.
She was worried about her phone while a man she KILLED is laying on the ground.
— RBe (@RBPundit) March 27, 2021
While most news outlets reported the story straight, CNN was blasted online for appearing to spin the story away from race and ethnicity, unlike the outlet often does when crimes involve whites.
“An Asian man was murdered on camera and CNN won’t say that because the murderers don’t fit the narrative,” One America New’s Jack Prosobiec wrote on Twitter.
An Asian man was murdered on camera and CNN won't say that because the murderers don't fit the narrative https://t.co/ai4XAQCL6y
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 27, 2021
Others blasted CNN for the manner in which the network described the incident in a tweet.
“Apparently, CNN never heard of felony murder before,” wrote another user.
Apparently CNN never heard of felony murder before. https://t.co/ri3kISwNca
— KforKarma (@suckmyKarma) March 28, 2021
“They MURDERED him. Our cities are not safe,” added ACT For America founder Brigitte Gabriel.
They MURDERED him. Our cities are not safe. https://t.co/y0sgxoRlFa
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) March 28, 2021
Others reacted to CNN’s characterization as well.
You people are literally soulless sickos. It was a MURDER, not an “accident”…my God https://t.co/gZbfR7mJpD
— Amy (@RestingTwitFace) March 28, 2021
Warning: Graphic language
They fucking murdered him. Fuck you https://t.co/Wvtgx6uJz4
— Rufus T. Firefly, FU (sworn enemy of Rakell) 🥃🍺 (@hoggomcswineass) March 27, 2021
They fucking killed the guy – #cnn is so repulsive. They don't know what to do when the perps are black.
They should just go back to ignoring stories with black perps…they look a bit less evil that way and I'm sure they sleep like babies. https://t.co/gQsbQ8gQtE
— Milosexual.com 📣 (@PrivilegedVictm) March 28, 2021
Accidentally caused a fatal injury is an amazing euphemism for MURDER. https://t.co/nV9UlP7nA2
— Ahmed (@AMKx001) March 28, 2021
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