November 9, 2012

A man whose body was found in a burning taxicab in Northeast Washington was killed by a bullet in the head during what is believed to be an attempt to rob him, D.C. police said.

Two teens, a male and a female, were arrested and charged with felony murder, police said Friday night. Joshua T. Mebane, 17, of Waldorf was charged as an adult, they said, and the girl was charged as a juvenile.

The cab was found Wednesday night in the 1400 block of Brentwood Parkway, near the northwestern edge of Gallaudet University. It had run into a fence.

Police said Friday that the vehicle was part of the Midway cab fleet and that they thought the victim was a cabdriver. But they said they had not confirmed the man’s identity or that the vehicle was in service at the time of the incident.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.
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