Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas) experienced an armed carjacking incident in Washington, D.C., near his Navy Yard apartment in southeast D.C. Cuellar recounted the incident during an interview with Jose Diaz-Balart, stating that three young men approached him with guns as he was leaving his car. He handed over his car keys to the assailants, who then drove away without causing any harm to him. Cuellar expressed his gratitude to the Capitol Police and Metro Police for their prompt response, as they were able to recover his car and phone within a couple of hours.
During the interview, Cuellar mentioned that the theft of his sushi was particularly upsetting to him. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser reached out to Cuellar, assuring him that law enforcement is actively working to apprehend the perpetrators. This incident adds to the growing number of attacks on members of Congress near their D.C. apartment buildings, as the city continues to witness an increase in crime levels.
Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was also a victim of an attack near her Washington, D.C., apartment building in February. The Metropolitan Police Department reported a 38 percent increase in crime in the city compared to the same period last year. Additionally, motor vehicle thefts have risen by over 100 percent, with a total of 5,409 incidents recorded this year as of Tuesday.