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D.C. carjacking victim immediately recognized teen suspect

By Dan Morse and Theola Labbé-DeBose
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, April 21, 2010; B01

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.

The victim was able to get her car keys out of the ignition, flee the SUV and flag down a passing vehicle, according to police. It was then that she noticed that she had been stabbed twice, police documents state. She was treated at a local medical facility and released.

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Although the chances of a student accidentally picking his teacher to rob might seem remote, the probability of it happening is higher than you might think, according to Mary W. Gray, chairwoman of the department of mathematics and statistics at American University.

The chances of someone who teaches at Wilson being in Adams Morgan at night would be higher than in the general population because both the high school and the neighborhood are diverse environments, and someone who is comfortable at Wilson would probably be comfortable in Adams Morgan, Gray said. She also said there is a higher likelihood that kidnappers would pick a woman over a man.

"It's still very unlikely that he could have picked a teacher of his, but it's something closer to one in 1,000 versus one in 100,000," Gray said. "It's more probable than you might originally think."

The juvenile was arrested on Sunday by police in the District. He told detectives the assailant who approached from driver's side was his uncle.

Montgomery detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Juwley on Monday, and by Tuesday he was in custody, according to online court records. They charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault, robbery, false imprisonment and theft, according to court records.

Juwley was being held Tuesday in the county's detention center on $1 million bond, officials said, and was scheduled for a bond hearing Wednesday.

The case crosses two jurisdictions. Montgomery police said they are working with D.C. police and Montgomery County prosecutors on the case.

The student's case remains in juvenile court, and those records are closed.

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