Texas Congressman Carjacked at Gunpoint in DC

By Jerry McConway, updated on October 3, 2023

Monday evening, Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) got a little taste of the real Washington DC.

Cueller was carjacked at gunpoint late Monday night, around 9:32 p.m.

Talking Points…

  • The carjacking
  • The police response
  • Henry Cuellar response
  • My Two Cents…

The Carjacking

As noted above, the carjacking took place late Monday night as Cuellar was going to his car.

According to the report, three armed men approached Cueller.

His car, at the time, was parked in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

Cuellar was not hurt during the commission of the crime.

The Police Response

The police issued a statement early Tuesday morning about the carjacking.

The Metropolitan Police Department stated:

"The Metropolitan Police Department responded to a report of an armed carjacking Monday evening at approximately 9:32 p.m. at the intersection of New Jersey and K Street, Southeast.

"The victim was identified as a member of Congress and the United States Capitol Police took over the investigation. MPD is assisting Capitol Police's Criminal Investigative Division."

Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) was also reported to be in the area at the time of the carjacking.

Henry Cuellar

On Tuesday, Cueller addressed the incident, stating:

"Three guys came out of nowhere, and they pointed guns at me.

"I looked at one with a gun and another with a gun out the one behind me. So they said they wanted my car and I said sure."

He also noted that numerous members of Congress live in that area, so there could be a call for increased security.

Cuellar reportedly recovered his belongings several hours after the incident took place.

My Two Cents…

I have to admit, I am rather shocked this even took place.

I can tell you from personal experience, that area is usually crawling with security and a visible police presence, so this was a bold move to try to pull off a carjacking in that area.

Cuellar actually expressed his support for law enforcement, stating:

"You got to support law enforcement. And I've been doing that for a long time. I have three brothers who are peace officers.

"I do want to thank the Capitol Police and I certainly want to thank the Metro Police. I'm a big law enforcement person. I got three boys in law enforcement. So I certainly appreciate the good work that the police did."

I just wonder how shorthanded the Metropolitan PD is right now if they are allowing this particular neighborhood to go unwatched.

The last time I was in DC, I could not walk more than a block or two in that area without seeing a police officer or private security.

Perhaps Democrats will start to wake up now about a heavier police presence and stop browbeating departments around the country over the actions of a few bad apples.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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