U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was the victim of an armed carjacking Monday night in Washington, D.C., Fox News Digital confirmed.
The longtime Democratic congressman was in the Navy Yard neighborhood when the incident took place at about 9:30 p.m., two sources told Fox News. Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department and U.S. Capitol Police responded to the scene at New Jersey Avenue and K Street Southeast, one source confirmed. The entire block is closed off as police investigate.
Police are searching for three suspects, described as Black men wearing all black clothing, in connection with the carjacking, MPD said in an alert.
“As Congressman Cuellar was parking his car this evening, 3 armed assailants approached the Congressman and stole his vehicle,” Cuellar’s chief of staff Jacob Hochberg said in a statement. “Luckily, he was not harmed and is working with local law enforcement. Thank you to Metro PD and Capitol Police for their swift action and for recovering the Congressman’s vehicle.”
“DC’s Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an armed carjacking that happened around 9:30 p.m. in DC’s Navy Yard neighborhood,” 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. Injuries were not reported. Detectives are working to track down the suspects.”
The stolen vehicle, a white Honda CHR, has since been recovered.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., was spotted at the location of the crime with Cuellar as Capitol police were processing the scene and appeared to be taking a statement from Cuellar.
Monday’s incident made Cuellar the second Democrat in Congress to become a victim of crime in Washington, D.C., this year. In February, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig was attacked in an elevator at her apartment building before fighting off her attacker.
The carjacking also comes just 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.
Multiple staffers have been victims of crime this year, including a member of Minnesota Republican Rep. Brad Finstad’s staff who was brutally attacked leaving the Congressional baseball game in June and a member of Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s staff who was attacked in broad daylight in Washington, D.C., in March.
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