In a shocking turn of events, Washington D.C. has become a hotbed of crime, with a surge in shootings, robberies, and carjackings that has left residents and visitors alike in a state of fear. Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares has expressed his deep concerns about the escalating violence, describing it as a “spirit of lawlessness” that has taken hold of the nation’s capital.
Of particular concern are the violent car thefts that have been plaguing the city. Commuters from Virginia are being targeted at red lights, gas stations, and even on quiet side streets. The brazenness of these criminals knows no bounds, as evidenced by the gruesome slaying of Christy Bautista, a Virginia resident who was brutally stabbed over 30 times in her Northeast hotel room earlier this year. The suspect, George Sydnor Jr., had an active arrest warrant at the time for a prior armed robbery conviction.
The statistics paint a grim picture of the crime wave sweeping through D.C. Metropolitan Police data reveals a 40% increase in violent crime this year, with homicides up by 32%, robberies by 70%, and carjackings by a staggering 107%. The city has already recorded the highest number of homicides in 20 years, and carjackings are on track to double last year’s record-setting figure.
While the crime wave has not spilled over into Northern Virginia, Attorney General Miyares warns that the Sinaloa Cartel’s growing fentanyl trade in the state could spell trouble for the District and its suburbs in the future. The Mexican gang has already established a foothold in Richmond, and clashes with the notorious international gang La Mara Salvatrucha are anticipated when the Sinaloa Cartel expands its operations into the D.C. area.
Attorney General Miyares, who was elected in 2021 on a wave of voter dissent, is taking action to address the issue. He has launched the Protecting Americans Action Fund, a political committee aimed at unseating left-wing prosecutors across the country who prioritize criminals over victims. Many of these prosecutors are backed by billionaire George Soros.
The blame game between Virginia and D.C. officials continues, with D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb pointing to Virginia as a major source of illegal guns flowing into the District. However, Miyares dismisses this argument, likening it to blaming Indiana gun laws for Chicago’s violence problem. He also questions why the U.S. Attorney’s Office in D.C. is not prosecuting repeat violent offenders, instead of pointing fingers at Virginia.
The situation has reached such a critical point that even the House Oversight Committee has called out U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves and the D.C. Council for failing to keep Americans safe and criminals off the streets. The decline in prosecution rates by the U.S. Attorney’s Office has raised concerns about the city’s ability to effectively combat crime.
In response to the escalating violence, Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced the formation of a Real-Time Crime Center, which will involve partnerships between the Metropolitan Police Department and federal agencies to monitor and respond to criminal activities in real-time.
As the crime wave continues to grip Washington D.C., residents and visitors are left to wonder when their once vibrant and safe city will regain its former glory. The urgent need for action is evident, as the safety and well-being of the community hang in the balance.