Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Carjacking This Morning on 13th Street

Here's the most current info from MPD:

This morning, at about 9:30 AM, a woman was operating her vehicle in the 700 block of 13th St NE when she stopped at a traffic light. At that time her vehicle was "bumped" from the rear by another vehicle, described as a blue Infinity 4-door. The woman got out of her vehicle to inspect the damage and left her door open, keys in the ignition and motor running. The passenger of the striking vehicle, exited and came around as if to inspect the damage and also spoke with the victim. While the victim was looking at the damage, the suspect ran and jumped into the driver's seat and drove off with the victim's car.

The suspect is described as a black male in his 20s, 5'10" - 6', average build, dark complexion, short hair, wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans. The driver of the blue Infinity is only described as a black male with dread locks.

The victim's stolen vehicle is a 2011 Dodge Charger, gray, 4-door, with VA tags XGY-2244.

The offense is under investigation by the First District Detectives Office, 202-299-2025. Anyone with information can also call 202-727-9088 or send an anonymous text to 50411.

There have been several offenses similar to this one report in the Sixth and Seventh Districts. The First District Detectives are coordinating their investigations with those units.

While this is the first incident of this nature this year, 1D did experience a similar offense a year ago on C St NE. We are urging people to turn their car off and take their keys with them if they get out of their vehicle to inspect damage from an accident. If you feel unsafe and have a cell phone with you, do not exit but call 911 and wait until an officer arrives.

Commander Daniel Hickson
Metropolitan Police Department
First District
101 M Street SW
202-729-2037 Office
202-270-2279 Cell


E in Rosedale said...

Sounds like the same bastards that were covered in the Post recently. Scum.

Chris said...

Yep, this is a very common M.O. right now -- bump, occupy the attention of the bumped driver, accomplice grabs car. The stories in the Post article about these were all pretty consistent with each other.

If you get bumped, don't get out of the car -- just call the police. If you *must* get out, shut off the car, take the keys, and lock the doors.