(USNewsMag.com) – A Democratic congressman from Texas, Rep. Henry Cuellar, experienced a carjacking on Monday, according to his office.
The Texas representative was carjacked by three armed robbers who reportedly held a gun to Cuellar’s head. Jacob Hochberg, chief of staff for Cuellar, wrote in a statement that the congressman “was parking his car” when three “armed assailants approached” and stole the vehicle. Hochberg said that “luckily” Cuellar wasn’t harmed and is currently “working with local law enforcement” to catch the criminals.
Cuellar’s stolen vehicle was recovered by police, according to Hochberg. The crime happened about one mile from the US Capitol, in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington on New Jersey Avenue, around 9:30 p.m.
The incident marks the second violent assault on a Congress member in D.C. this year. Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her apartment building in February. She only suffered bruises and managed to escape without serious injury after throwing hot coffee at the assailant. Craig’s chief of staff said that there appeared to be no political motivation behind the attack. The 26-year-old attacker pleaded guilty to assault charges in June.
Political rivals will inevitably find it ironic that Democratic lawmakers like Cuellar and Craig are facing the consequences of rising crime rates, which Republicans blame on light-on-crime policies typically pushed by Democratic politicians and district attorneys. In the post-George Floyd and post-pandemic lockdown world, cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and New York have been experiencing record-high crime rates not seen for the last 15 years.
The nation’s capital is among those cities dealing with heightened crime, which is also being exacerbated by the ongoing migrant crisis that’s putting a strain on city resources. These self-designated “sanctuary” cities and states are feeling the impact of the open southern border, and Republicans also find it ironic that politicians like New York City Mayor Eric Adams plead with the federal government for funds to help deal with problems Democrats voted for.
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