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Carjacking of Texas Dem is latest in violent attacks on lawmakers, Capitol Hill staff in recent years

The carjacking of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, was just the latest act of violence committed against those who work on Capitol Hill, joining a string of incidents involving other lawmakers and staff members in recent years.

Cuellar, a moderate Democrat in the House who was carjacked by three armed attackers while parking his car Monday night, told reporters Tuesday the robbery happened in Washington’s Navy Yard neighborhood, an area where other lawmakers live, less than two miles south of the Capitol building.

“Three guys came out of nowhere, and they pointed guns at me,” Cuellar 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.’”

The incident involving Cuellar is part of an increasingly concerning string of violence that’s not only committed against residents of D.C. but Capitol Hill employees and other members of Congress.

In March, Congress stepped in for the first time in nearly three decades to overturn a D.C. criminal code that was criticized for being soft on crime and aimed to reduce penalties for crimes like carjackings and burglaries. 

The city council later passed an emergency public safety bill in July, which increased penalties for certain offenses, including firing guns in public and carjackings, in response to the surging violence. The bill also helps judges to keep violent crime suspects in custody while awaiting trial.

Fox News’ Megan Myers, Louis Casiano, Brandon Gillespie and Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

Kyle Morris covers politics for Fox News. Story tips can be sent to kyle.morris@fox.com and on Twitter: @RealKyleMorris.

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