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String of Insane Carjackings Hits Streets of D.C.

Either Vin Diesel is in D.C. shooting his next film, or there's a string of some pretty Hollywood carjackings happening right now.

The Metropolitan Police Department is looking for several suspects in connection with three carjackings and one attempted carjacking in Northeast and Southeast D.C., all using the same surprisingly effective tactic. (Seventy-five percent success rate isn't bad.)

Here's how the carjackings are going down: the suspects rear end another vehicle, and when the victim exists the vehicle to assess the damage, one of the suspects rushes into the victim's car, and both vehicles drive away.

Police describe the suspects as black males in their 20s, one with long dreadlocks.

Always watch your rear, D.C. drivers

Here are MPD's descriptions of the incidents:

  • On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at approximately 7:01 am, a two door gray vehicle rear ended the victim’s vehicle while waiting at a stop light at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Naylor Street, SE. When the victim exited the vehicle to assess the damage, a suspect ran to the victim’s vehicle and then both vehicles drove away.
  • On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 9:47 am, an unknown vehicle rear ended the victim’s vehicle while at the intersection of Division Avenue and Eastern Avenue, NE. The victim exited the vehicle to assess the damage, she was pushed by a suspect who then entered her vehicle and then both vehicles drove away.
  • On Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at approximately 10:21 am, a black Toyota Avalon rear ended the victim’s vehicle at the intersection of Fort Davis Drive and Massachusetts Avenue, SE. The victim remained in the vehicle and told the suspect she was calling the police. The suspect then fled in the black Toyota Avalon which had been taken in the carjacking earlier that same day at 9:47 am.
  • On Thursday, September 12, 2013, at approximately 8:05 AM, a silver vehicle, possibly a Buick, rear ended the victim’s vehicle while at the intersection of Hartford Street and Alabama Avenue, SE. When the victim exited her vehicle to inspect the damage, the suspect exited the striking vehicle and fled in the victim’s vehicle. The driver of the suspect’s vehicle followed in his vehicle.

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  • Mrs. D

    Hollywood? Try elementary school. This tactic is so common that I can clearly recall police advising motorists traveling alone (or only with children) to not exit their vehicle if involved in a minor rear-end collision at least a dozen times. No need for weapons (enhancemen

  • Mrs. D

    Hollywood? Try elementary school. This tactic is so common that I can clearly recall police advising motorists traveling alone (or only with children) to not exit their vehicle if involved in a minor rear-end collision at least a dozen times. No need for weapons (enhancement if you're caught), little opportunity for the victim to fight back, etc.

  • Ward-8

    I wonder if car jacking of this type occurs in Virginia or any of those other states where a lot of people are authorize to carry a Gun. Dang, just remember only the thugs are allowed to carry a gun in DC, just saying!

  • GoldCoastKid

    here's the takeaway from this piece. Stay away from deep S.E.

  • Typical DC BS

    Three of the four incidents described involved women being hit. Seems like these mopes were targeting them because they are easier to shove out of the way?

  • Mrs. D

    Ward 8, please explain to me how wielding a firearm is going to help you if you are rear-ended, get out to inspect the damage, and while looking at your bumper your car peels out? Are you suggesting that the average shooter could draw and hit the driver easily while a car is speeding away? And don't tell me they could clip a tire, one flat won't stop someone stealing a car... THAT is Hollywood imagination...

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