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Teen Charged In Dayton Mall Shooting And Attempted Robbery

Montgomery County prosecutors have charged a 16-year-old for his connection with the attempted robbery of a shopper and the fatal shooting of another teenager.

The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 20 outside the Dayton Mall, in which Miami Township police say three teens approached a shopper to try to steal a pair of Nike Air Jordans. Sixteen-year-old JawaadJabbar showed a gun and was shot once by the shopper who was also a concealed carry permit holder. Jabbar died later in the hospital. According to Montgomery County Prosecutor Mat Heck, the shooter was not charged because he acted in self defense.

Charges against a 17-year-old teenager also present were dropped. The third teen, who we are not naming because he is a minor, was initially charged with felony murder. After reviewing evidence like a surveillance video and witness statements, the prosecutor’s office is charging him with involuntary manslaughter and robbery. Heck says he also wants to try him as an adult because of, as he puts it, the nature of the crime.

“In this case, it’s a vicious and a violent felony. We not only have a robbery, but we have a gun involved, and we have someone who ended up being shot and killed as a result of this foiled robbery attempt,” he said.

The accused teen’s attorney, L. Patrick Mulligan, maintains he’s a good kid and was not involved in the robbery. The next hearing is set for Jan. 27 in Montgomery County Juvenile Court.