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Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX) was reportedly carjacked at gunpoint this evening outside his Washington apartment. Reports state that several armed suspects pointed guns at his head and demanded his car, cell phone, and food.
The text, which came from a member of Congress, said “FYI…Henry Cuellar was just carjacked in front of our building (the dorm) by 3-4 men at gun point. They took his car, phone and sushi but he is ok.”
“I know I have let my guard down when I walked home but we need to all be aware,” the member of Congress wrote in the group chat, which was relayed to The Messenger.
🚨#BREAKING: Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar was carjacked at gunpoint outside of his apartment building in Washington DC tonight.
Cuellar is reportedly safe. pic.twitter.com/aDEVHStuxm
— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) October 3, 2023
At this time there are no reports from D.C. or Capital Police officials, and Cuellar has not offered a public statement.
UPDATE: 12:00 AM EDT, October 3, 2023
Rep. Cuellar’s office released a statement, saying:
“As Congressman Cuellar was parking his car this evening, 3 armed assailants approached the Congressman and stole his vehicle. Luckily, he was not harmed and is working with local law enforcement. Thank you to Metro PD and Capitol Police for their swift action and for recovering the Congressman’s vehicle.”
The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. issued a statement to ABC News confirming that a carjacking occurred in that area but did not name Cuellar as the victim.
]”There was a report of an armed carjacking that came in at approximately 9:32 pm at the intersection of New Jersey and K Street, Southeast. We do not have victim information at this time.”