DC Crime Hitting A Little Too Close To Home: FBI Agent Carjacked

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A Wednesday afternoon armed carjacking in Washington D.C. marked the 911th such incident in 2023 alone, a 104% rise in carjackings since 2022.
This time, the victim was far from one you’d expect. The latest target was an FBI agent, according to D.C. police. The FBI and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Carjacking Task Force are investigating, but it seems they have a full dance card these days.
It would seem that liberal politicians are coming face to face with the results of their own agenda. In October, Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-D) was carjacked at gunpoint by three assailants while parking his car in Navy Yard just outside of the Capitol building. Luckily, Cueller was not injured, and the vehicle was recovered.
Another notable incident occurred just a few weeks earlier when Secret Service agents charged with protecting President Joe Biden’s granddaughter were forced to open fire on three people as they attempted to break into a Secret Service vehicle in Georgetown.
Cueller’s carjacking incident was number 754 in 2023. With the unnamed FBI agent’s incident bringing the total to 911, the crime saw 157 additional occurrences in just over one month. This is at odds with MPD’s Investigative Services Bureau Assistant Chief Carlos Heraud’s claim that progress was being made in the battle against carjackings.
The majority of carjackings go unsolved due to masked subjects, extensive video footage to be screened, and short retention periods of stolen vehicles. There have only been 160 arrests for carjackings, and 65% of them are people under 18 years old.
While many of these incidents involve young individuals, the reasons behind their involvement remain unclear because no juvenile has communicated with the police following an arrest. Many carjackers are repeat offenders, with one having six incidents on his record.
Steps are being taken to reduce carjackings, including distributing auto-tracking devices to residents and installing dash-cams in vehicles. Unfortunately, for most of D.C.’s residents, the initiative only covers DoorDash and other mobile delivery or rideshare drivers.

Despite 77% of carjackers being armed, residents are largely on their own. Those serving on Capitol Hill get additional protections and aid that the common citizenry does not receive. Cueller’s case was handed over to the Capitol Police. Meanwhile, D.C. Chief of Police Pamela A. Smith has tried to bolster D.C.’s depleted force with an additional 4000 officers, citing a historic low in staffing of only eleven dedicated detectives for the MPD’s Carjacking Task Force in February.

But carjackings are not the only crime on the rise in the nation’s capital. Homicides have reached 227 by October, with 70% of the cases unsolved. Up 34% from 2022, it’s the highest homicide rate D.C. has seen in two decades. In addition, D.C. police are grappling with organized retail theft, burglaries, assaults, and home invasions.
In February, Angie Craig (MN-D) was assaulted in her apartment building’s elevator. The attack, which was not politically motivated, left her shaken and bruised but otherwise unharmed. The assailant, a homeless individual, struck Craig and grabbed her neck.
At the time, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries expressed deep concern regarding the violent attack, stating that House Democrats were horrified and appalled by the incident. He emphasized that he had requested the House Sergeant at Arms and the United States Capitol Police to collaborate with Angie, Cheryl, and their sons to guarantee their safety.

Unfortunately, the empathy seems to stop at the doors of the Capitol Building. For residents throughout Washington D.C., any attempts to curb crime are too little, too late. The “defund the police” rhetoric espoused by progressives has done its damage, including dissuading potential law enforcement personnel from taking the uniform.

But it’s had repercussions throughout D.C. in other ways as well.  Retired D.C. police Sergeant Betsy Brantner Smith explained that solving cases relies heavily on cooperation between police and the community, a trust that the demonization of law enforcement officers has dissolved. She observed that federal prosecutors also fail D.C. residents, with prosecutors failing to charge 67% of the cases before them in 2022.
Mayor Bowser redirected funds from the city’s police department following the George Floyd incident, and her calls now for additional funding and personnel are not being heard. Washington, D.C. is another example of a once-great city in the grip of horrendous and destructive liberal policies.
Sadly, criminals don’t target progressives during their crime sprees; everyone pays for the liberal agenda.