Four teenagers will be charged as adults with robberies linked to the recent fatal stabbing of another teen in the Woodley Park Metro Station, according to prosecutors.
At a hearing Monday in juvenile court in the District, it was determined that four of the eight teens facing charges in crimes that led to the Nov. 17 slaying of 17-year-old Olijawon Griffin will be charged as adults with armed robbery, said William Miller, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office. The other four will remain charged in juvenile court.
The names of the four boys, all 17, are not being released until they are presented in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday, Mr. Miller said.
A ninth boy, Chavez Myers, 17, was charged with second-degree murder and assault with a dangerous weapon after officials said he was caught on a surveillance camera sneaking up behind Griffin and stabbing him in the chest during a brawl on the Metro platform.
According to court documents filed in Mr. Myers‘ case, Griffin tried to buy marijuana from a group of people in an Adams Morgan alleyway earlier in the night. The group robbed Griffin at gunpoint, stealing his Helly Hansen jacket and iPhone. Three of the teens being charged as adults are charged with armed robbery in that incident.
After that robbery, Griffin and two friends left the area, heading to the nearby Woodley Park Metro Station to catch a train home. While in the station, Griffin saw the people who had robbed him on the train platform, including one teen who was wearing his jacket. He walked up to the teen and ordered him to return the jacket. A fight broke out, during which one of Griffin’s friends was being beaten by a group of teenagers. Griffin went to the friend’s aid and was fighting with one of the individuals when, police said, Mr. Myers stabbed him.
The fourth teen was being charged with a robbery that occurred during the melee, Mr. Miller said.
“Additional charges are possible, but I don’t think we want to comment beyond that,” Mr. Miller said.
Mr. Myers, of District Heights, was ordered held without bond Nov. 19 in D.C. Superior Court. He faces a second-degree murder charge, aggravated assault and robbery and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in the case Friday.
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Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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