DC Car Thieves Target Grandma As Crime Soars: “I Don’t Even Want To Live Here”
A Washington, DC grandmother is one of the latest victims of the Washington carjackings that have exploded in recent months.
“I don’t even want to live here anymore. I don’t feel safe,” Gavata Smith told Fox 5 DC
Smith said the carjacking happened around 1:30 a.m. in southeast DC on Saturday after moving his car to a parking lot. As she walked home, two men reportedly approached her pointing a gun and asking her to hand over her keys.
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“Within seconds the guys were on top of me. As soon as I sounded the alarm on my car there was a big black man, he showed me his gun. He said, ‘Let me get them back for you. keys “, and I said ‘what?’ and he said “yeah, give me the keys,” and I just started backing up, ”Smith said. “The gun wasn’t pointed at me, it was lowered a bit at me.”
The keys to her house and car were stolen, but police were able to locate her car a few blocks away. Police are currently investigating the crime, along with two other carjackings that took place the same night.
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Smith said the incident left her in danger in her own town.
“I’m not doing well. I felt like I was talking to my therapist,” Smith said.
“I don’t know how you go on and go through this with a gun shot at you with your loved ones just seconds away,” Smith said.
She also called on local authorities to “tackle the problem” of car hijackings.
“It seems a lot of carjackings are committed by teenagers, so tackle the problem. Put a curfew in place,” she said.
Car hijackings in DC increased nearly 74% in 2021 from the previous year, with the city reporting more than 186 car hijackings since January.
Mayor Muriel Bowser did not respond to multiple requests for comment on car hijackings and plans on how to combat them, but DC police revealed last week that they had launched a task force on the hijackings. car hijackings using “bait cars” to catch suspects in the city.
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A particularly violent carjacking made national headlines in March when teenage girls were arrested for the murder of an Uber Eats driver during an attempted hijacking.
None of the girls in the case have been charged as adults, which raised questions about why such a vicious crime did not have harsher consequences. Both were sentenced to juvenile detention up to the age of 21.
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Many DC carjackers and suspects are teenagers, including in a case this month where officers arrested three young girls – ages 12, 14 and 16 – for a failed carjacking attempt where they allegedly used a Taser on the victim.