DC carjackings top 900; juvenile offenders account for 2 of 3 arrests

Newly released data from D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department shows that there have been 917+ carjackings in the area this year alone.

Moreover, of the at least 917 carjackings that were reported by this past Friday, only 245 of them have been solved, leading to the arrests of 162 criminals — 64 percent of them juveniles. The data can be viewed here.

The publication of this data comes only days after an FBI special agent, of all people, was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday.

“[O]fficers were called to the 100 block of 12th Street NE — close to Lincoln Park — around 3:45 p.m. for a carjacking. The stolen vehicle has been recovered, D.C. Police said, and was found in the 1000 block of 15th Street SE about 25 minutes later, at 4:10 p.m,” according to local station WRC.

“The victim, a federal agent, reported two suspects took their vehicle,” the D.C. Police said to the station.

Not much is known about the two suspects, though the authorities have offered a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who can help them solve the case.

Ironically given the timing, the carjacking occurred only days after Georgia Rep. Mike Collins, a Republican, introduced a resolution condemning D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and other local officials for doing nothing about the city’s crime epidemic.

“Crime in Washington, D.C. has reached a breaking point. Violent crime, robberies, homicides, and motor vehicle theft are all up by a staggering amount since last year,” Collins said in a statement.

“That is why I introduced a resolution condemning the District of Columbia’s leadership for their failure to address the crime epidemic plaguing the city. They have a duty to protect not only the citizens in their communities but Americans from all over the country visiting the capital and have failed to do so,” he added.

But it’s not just carjackings. BizPac Review recently reported that D.C. is also facing a spike in homicides but a decline in the number of homicide cases that have been successfully solved.

“D.C. is close to breaking a 20-year-old record for the deadliest year in the District. In 2003, D.C. saw 248 homicides. … The crime has gotten so out of control, businesses are closing their doors and leaving the city,” local station WUSA reported last month.

Yet even amid this uptick in murders, there’s been a downtick in solved cases — leaving the family members of deceased victims crushed.

“Asiyah Timimi’s husband, Aqueel, was stabbed in a dispute in January 2021 and died several days later. ‘You just don’t feel safe until they’re caught,’ Timimi said. ‘I could be walking past the person that killed my husband,’” according to the Associated Press.

“Natalia Mitchell wants justice for her son Morris, who was fatally shot in March 2022, and closure for herself. A successful arrest of her son’s killer, she said, ‘doesn’t bring Morris back, but it would help.’”

The AP further noted that the percentage of homicides that D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department has solved has “declined sharply” this past year — so much so that the city is on track to record its lowest “clearance rate” in over 15 years.

As of Nov. 13th, only 75 of the 244 homicides reportedly committed this year had been solved. When coupled with the 33 homicides from 2022 that were solved this year, the clearance rate rose to a measly 45 percent.

“That would be the lowest rate dating back at least to 2007, according to statistics provided by the MPD. Nationally, the average clearance rate tends to hover between 50% and 60%, said Rick Rosenfeld, a professor of criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis,” the AP reported.

The problem is that a low closure rate on homicides hurts police morale and the local community’s trust in the cops, meaning even less cooperation from the public.

“That whole process can kind of spiral down, where the community doesn’t trust the police that much anymore or there’s a lack of faith,” Christopher Herrmann, an associate professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former crime analyst supervisor with the New York Police Department, told the AP.

“There’s much less cooperation between the community and the police. And once the police see a lack of cooperation from the community, some of them will kind of throw their hands up in the air and say, ‘Why should we care when no one in the community wants to help?’” he added.

Vivek Saxena

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