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.