On a Tuesday morning, the Metropolitan Police Department announced that the U.S. Capitol Police are now leading an investigation.
The incident began when the Metropolitan Police Department received an alert about an armed carjacking around 9:30 p.m. on Monday, near the crossing of New Jersey and K Street, Southeast. The individual targeted in the incident was a Congressional representative, prompting the U.S. Capitol Police to head the investigation. The Metropolitan Police Department is now collaborating with the Capitol Police’s Criminal Investigative Division.
The crime scene saw the presence of House Democratic Caucus Chair, Pete Aguilar from California, alongside Cuellar, as Capitol police carried out their procedures and collected statements, including from Cuellar.
Late on Monday night, a statement from the Capitol police clarified that they were examining an armed carjacking that transpired roughly at 9:30 p.m. in the Navy Yard area of D.C. Given that the affected individual was a Congress member, the U.S. Capitol Police are collaborating with the Metropolitan Police Department for this case. Fortunately, no injuries were reported, and authorities are on the hunt for the perpetrator.
This occurrence marked the second time this year that a Democratic Congress member from D.C. faced a crime. Earlier in the year, Minnesota Representative Angie Craig experienced an assault in her apartment’s elevator but successfully defended herself.
This incident occurred shortly after a two-week gap post a public meeting on Capitol Hill, where law enforcement authorities discussed the local public safety with Congress members and their staff.
Unfortunately, several Congress staff have fallen victim to crimes in the district this year. A notable incident involved one of U.S. Representative Brad Finstad’s team members being severely assaulted post a Congressional baseball match in June. Another shocking event in March saw a staff member of Senator Rand Paul facing an attack in broad daylight.