Former All-America turns self in on carjacking charges

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Local,DC,Maryland,Crime,Scott McCabe
District playground basketball legend Omar Weaver surrendered to police after a relative saw that he was wanted for armed carjacking in The Washington Examiner.

Clarence "Omar" Weaver, 30, a former high school All-America basketball player, turned himself in last week because he said did not want to hurt or cause problems for his family anymore, according to U.S. marshals deputies.

"For us, that's the perfect scenario," said Supervisory Inspector Matt Burke. "Nobody gets hurt, and we don't waste a lot of money and manpower looking for him. It couldn't be better."

Tips from readers of The Examiner have led directly to the arrest of 28 fugitives, the marshal said. Weaver was one of the easiest.

The 6-foot-8 Weaver is a popular streetball figure, and remains a scoring leader in D.C.'s famed Goodman League in Barry Farms. He stars on some of the best playground teams on the East Coast, and highlight videos are all over the Internet.

As a high school junior, Weaver averaged 27 points a game at Coolidge High School and dominated the city's three-point shooting contest. He left the school, signed with Missouri, then bounced around between junior colleges.

He was a legitimate NBA prospect before his temper got him into trouble. He played in professional developmental leagues in the United States and the Philippines until 2009.

Prince George's County police charged him in an Oct. 18 armed carjacking. Montgomery County police want him, too, for violating his parole on marijuana and assault convictions.

His rap sheet includes charges of assault, possession of handguns and marijuana, auto theft, and attempted murder. In one incident, he was found with a bulletproof vest, police said.

Weaver was arrested last summer for slapping a referee after receiving a technical foul at a league basketball game at Montgomery College.

smccabe@washingtonexaminer.com

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