DC mom turns her TWELVE year-old 'carjacker' son into cops after his 13 ... trends now
A DC mom has turned her 12 year-old suspected carjacker son into police after his 13 year-old accomplice was shot dead by an off-duty cop believed to be their intended victim.
The boy, who was not identified, was processed in a juvenile court Wednesday afternoon.
His mother called the police on October 31 after seeing a photo the authorities shared of the suspect and recognizing the youngster.
Police used the 12-year-old's clothing, including a black hoodie, light gray joggers, and Jordan sneakers with a wife reflective tongue to connect the boy to the crime.
His alleged accomplice who was shot and killed is 13 year-old Vernard Toney Jr. Toney was described by his school principal as 'a smart and talented student.'
A blurry picture of the 12-year-old suspect that his mother used to identify him as an alleged carjacker. She called the cops and he was arrested on Tuesday
Toney, a seventh grader, had been a suspect in a number of previous carjackings. He was arrested in May in connection with several such crimes that occurred in Southeast DC.
It isn't clear what happened with those cases, although crime-ridden DC is notorious for recent efforts to lighten penalties for criminals in a bid to boost racial 'equity.'
'(Toney) was known to the Metropolitan Police Department, and it’s just unfortunate that this particular incident happened on Saturday night that caused him to no longer be here,' said Acting Chief of Police Pamela Smith.
His principal further described his 'natural comedic ability' and love of making people laugh, 'especially when he would joke that he was the principal of Kelly Miller MS. Vernard also loved to play basketball and spend his free time on the court with his friends.'
The 12-year-old's accomplice, Vernard Toney Jr., 13, was shot and killed during the carjacking
A DC police detective and carjacking task force member testified in court on Wednesday that while there was no audio, a surveillance video did capture the two boys approaching the car - which belonged to an off-duty federal security officer - from behind.
The officer was seated inside the vehicle and checking his phone before starting work.
A detective told the Juvenile court judge that the video showed the two boys seeming to have a conversation before placing their