U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was the victim of an armed carjacking Monday night in Washington, D.C., Fox News Digital confirmed.
According to US Capitol Police, the longtime Democratic congressman was at the Navy Yard when the incident happened around 9:30 p.m. The agency, along with the Metropolitan Police Department, responded to the scene at New Jersey Avenue and K Street Southeast. The entire enclosure has been sealed off as police investigate.
MPD has issued an alert that police are looking for three suspects, described as black men wearing dark clothing, in connection with the carjacking. Cuellar’s stolen vehicle, a white Honda CHR, was later recovered.
“Congressman Cuellar was parking his car this evening when three armed men approached the congressman and stole his vehicle,” Cuellar’s chief of staff, Jacob Hochberg, said in a statement. “Thankfully, he was unharmed and is working with local law enforcement. Thanks to Metro PD and Capitol Police for their quick action and recovery of the congressman’s vehicle.”
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House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., was seen at the crime scene with Cuellar as Capitol police processed the scene and took a statement from Cuellar.
“DC’s Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an armed carjacking in DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood around 9:30 p.m.,” Capitol Police said in a statement. “The victim has been identified as a member of Congress, so the USCP has investigators working with MPD on this case. No injuries have been reported. Detectives are working to identify the suspects.”
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Monday’s incident made Cuellar the second Democrat in Congress to be the victim of a crime in the nation’s capital this year. In February, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig was assaulted in an elevator in her apartment building before she fought back.
The carjacking comes two weeks after law enforcement officials held an open forum on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and Capitol Hill staff to discuss public safety in the surrounding neighborhoods.
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