WASHINGTON — An FBI agent was carjacked Wednesday in Washington, D.C., a theft that comes amid a pointy enhance within the variety of carjackings within the nation’s capital.
Two folks carried out the midafternoon armed carjacking, police mentioned. The automotive was discovered about half-hour later a few mile away, Metropolitan Police mentioned. The FBI’s Washington discipline workplace and the Metropolitan Police Division’s carjacking process pressure are investigating, the FBI mentioned in an announcement.
Carjackings within the nation’s capital have greater than doubled this yr, up 104%. Current victims embody a diplomat from the United Arab Emirates and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas. He was carjacked close to the Capitol in October by three armed assailants, who stole his automotive however didn’t bodily hurt him.
Earlier this month, Secret Service brokers defending President Joe Biden’s granddaughter opened fireplace after three folks tried to interrupt into an unmarked Secret Service automobile. Nobody was struck.
Violent crime in Washington has additionally been on the rise this yr, up greater than 40% in contrast with final yr.