U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar, a centrist Democrat from Texas, fell victim to a carjacking on Monday night, according to his office. Three armed assailants approached Cuellar as he was parking his car, stealing the vehicle. Fortunately, the Congressman was unharmed in the incident and is actively collaborating with local law enforcement.
Cuellar’s chief of staff, Jacob Hochberg, reassured that the police have successfully recovered the stolen vehicle. The incident took place in the Navy Yard area of Washington, D.C., which is approximately a mile away from the U.S. Capitol.
This carjacking marks the second assault on a member of Congress in the District of Columbia this year. Earlier in February, Democratic Representative Angie Craig of Minnesota was attacked in her apartment building, sustaining minor bruises as she managed to escape serious harm. The motive of that assault was not deemed politically motivated by her chief of staff.
In June, Kendrid Khalil Hamlin pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress and law enforcement officers in connection with Craig’s attack. Hamlin faced additional charges for assaulting two officers who were attempting to apprehend him on the same day.