D.C. carjacking victim immediately recognized teen suspect

By Dan Morse and Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Woodrow Wilson High School student accused of carjacking his own teacher didn't realize it was her until he had forced his way into her sport-utility vehicle, Montgomery County police said Tuesday.

The student and his 25-year-old uncle have been arrested in connection with the Saturday incident, according to police charging documents.

"It was a complete coincidence," said Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery police spokesman. "He didn't know it was his teacher until the crime started."

New details emerged Tuesday in the bizarre case, including the arrest of the uncle and a police account that the student greeted his teacher and that they spoke during the abduction.

Starks declined to reveal details of what might have been said inside the SUV because of the pending investigation.

The incident began about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, when the D.C. schoolteacher was inside her parked Saturn Vue in the Adams Morgan area of the District, according to Montgomery police charging documents. The woman apparently holds a part-time job in that area.

From her left, a man approached, opened the driver's-side door and said, "Move over," according to the charging documents. He did not show a weapon, Starks said.

From the victim's right, a teenager approached. "The victim immediately recognized the second subject," police wrote.

After the teenager climbed into the back seat, his uncle -- identified by police as Jeremiah Juwley -- got behind the wheel, the teacher slid over to the passenger seat and the trio headed north into Montgomery County, according to police.

Juwley drove to a Wachovia ATM in Silver Spring, police said, got out with the victim and forced her to withdraw money, police said. The student apparently stayed in the SUV, police said.

Juwley then drove to the corner of Bel Pre Road and Georgia Avenue in the Aspen Hill area, where his nephew got out, according to police charging documents. The situation became more violent after the student left the vehicle, police said.

Juwley drove to the 14300 block of Georgia Avenue, near his home in the Aspen Hill area, and demanded a sexual act, according to charging documents. "The victim refused, and a physical struggle ensued inside the vehicle," the charging documents state.

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