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Clarksburg Resident Charged with Murder in Virginia

A Clarksburg resident has been charged with the hit-and-run murder of a Manassas, Va., woman on Sunday, according to Manassas City Police.

Muhammad Taha, 29, of Clarksburg, is facing Second-Degree Murder charges after police say he intentionally ran down 66-year-old Shamsa Begum on Cloverhill Road in Manassas at about 5:00 pm on Sunday, March 24, according to police. Begum was taken to a hospital where she died on Monday, March 25.

Manassas Police say that Taha and the victim knew each other. NBC4Washington, has reported that the victim was killed in front of her home. According to the NBC4 report, neighbors say brick was thrown through a first floor window of Begum’s home and when she came out of the house to see what had happened Taha ran struck Begum with his vehicle and fled the scene.

Manassas City Police said in a release, “The investigation revealed the victim, who was known to the suspect, was standing in the roadway on Cloverhill Road when she was intentionally struck by the suspect.”

A short time later, police identified the vehicle as it was stopped at a 7-Eleven location on Dumfries Road in Manassas, which is about five miles from the scene of the hit-and-run. Taha was arrested by Prince William County Police. He is facing multiple charges including; Second-Degree Murder, driving under the influence, driving with an open alcoholic beverage container, and leaving the scene of an accident. He has been held without bond and is scheduled for a court appearance on May 20.

According to reports, Taha is an employee of Montgomery County Public Schools, he works as bus attendant and is on unpaid administrative leave.

Photo courtesy Manassas City Police Department.

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