WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – It’s starting to become clearer how a robbery near the Woodley Park Metro station earlier this month escalated to the murder of 18-year-old Olijawon Griffin.
Court documents in the trial of four teens being charged with armed robbery in the case Tuesday have shed some light on the events leading up to Griffin’s stabbing death on Nov. 17.
Police say four 17-year-olds – Tyrell Smith, Immanuel Swann, Deon Jefferson and Gary Maye – all being charged as adults, were a part of a larger group of ten teenagers that were involved in a confrontation that led to the murder.
According to the charging documents, Griffin had attempted to purchase marijuana from the teens near a gas station earlier in the evening, at which point they robbed him of his iPhone, hat, shoes and the $400 jacket he was wearing.
Later, Griffin and the two others he was with, encountered the much larger group at the Metro station and demanded his jacket back.
The documents say one of the teenagers announced, “It’s game time fellas,” just before one of Griffin’s friends was assaulted. When he attempted to help his friend, another teen flashed a knife and Griffin backed off.
He was then stabbed and killed.
Police say they later found a .45 caliber handgun and two knives – one of which was covered in blood – at the scene of the crime.
Nine teens in total were arrested and charged that night, one of whom – Chavez Myers, 17 – was charged with second-degree murder.
Chavez told police last week he never intended to kill Griffin, but surveillance footage of the altercation allegedly showed him sneaking up behind Griffin with a knife and stabbing him.
Police are still searching for a 10th suspect.