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Rep. Henry Cueller shares first public comments since armed DC carjacking: ‘Support law enforcement’

Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, spoke to reporters outside a meeting of Democratic Caucus members Tuesday after he was carjacked by three armed attackers near the U.S. Capitol Monday night.

Cuellar told reporters that the robbery happened in Washington’s Navy Yard area, about a mile from the U.S. Capitol, near where Democratic House Leader Hakeem Jeffries and other lawmakers live.

“Three guys came out of nowhere, and they pointed guns at me,” the Texas Democrat said, explaining they did not harm him and were only after his car. “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 said he would defer the decision to increase security around him or near his home to House administration and the police.

“Yeah, I don’t know,” the Democrat said. “I will leave that to House administration. But this happened less than a mile away from the Capitol … you got our leader Hakeem there, Katherine Clark, who lives there, a whole bunch of members that live in that place, so I’ll leave that up to the police.”

In February, Democratic Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota was assaulted in her apartment building, suffering bruises while escaping serious injury.

In the February attack, police arrested Kendrid Khalil Hamlin, who pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting a member of Congress and assaulting law enforcement officers. Hamlin was also accused of assaulting two officers as they attempted to arrest him on the day of Craig’s attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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