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FBI confirms agent carjacked near Capitol Hill

Crime in general has surged in D.C., with the MPD reporting a 93% surge in motor vehicle theft since 2022.

Published: November 29, 2023 7:52pm

The FBI on Wednesday confirmed to The Hill that one of its agents was carjacked near Capitol Hill.

The agent reported that two suspects had seized the car around 3:45 p.m. and the Metropolitan Police Department subsequently confirmed the recovery of the vehicle after less than half an hour, The Hill reported. Both the MPD's Carjacking Task Force and the FBI's Washington Field Office are investigating the matter.

The incident comes amid a string of armed carjackings in the nation's capital. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was carjacked at gunpoint in D.C.'s Navy Yard area in early October.

Crime in general has surged in D.C., with the MPD reporting a 93% surge in motor vehicle theft over the same period in 2022. Homicides stand at 250 for the year, a 32% hike. Robberies in general are up 69% and total violent crime has surged 40%. D.C. has further witnessed 908 carjackings in 2023.

The situation has so deteriorated that lawmakers in September held a safety meeting to devise strategies for their staffers to minimize the risk of being targeted by criminal actors.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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