Olijawon Griffin: Four teens charged as adults in fatal Woodley Park Metro stabbing
A judge has ordered all four suspects in a deadly stabbing at the Woodley Park Metro station be held without bond.
The teens appeared in court Tuesday for arraignment on armed robbery charges. They were charged as adults in the case.
The suspects, who are all 17-years-old, were arrested in connection with the Nov. 17 death of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin.
Police say one of the teens stabbed Griffin after the group robbed him of his brand new, $400 jacket in Adams Morgan. According to court documents, Griffin initially attempted to buy marijuana from the group, but they lured him into an alley and mugged him.
Nine teens were detained at the Metro station following the stabbing.
Three of the teens face armed robbery charges. A fourth teen is charged with the armed robbery of another person on the lower platform of the metro station before Griffin's murder.
A fifth defendant, Chavez Myers, was charged as an adult previously. According to police, Myers told them he stabbed Griffin in self-defense but denied having been involved in the robbery earlier in the night.
But detectives say surveillance video shows Myers sneak up from behind and stab Griffin.
"It was clearly seen on the tape that four of them jumped him,” said Lunette Griffin, the victim’s mother. Griffin was "six foot one, weighing two hundred some pounds. Without their help, Olijawon wouldn't have been stabbed," she added.
Two 15-year-olds and two 16-year-olds remain charged as juveniles in the case, but prosecutors acknowledge they could be charged as adults later.
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