GOP Congressman Says Staffer Robbed At Gunpoint

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Rep. Mike Collins (R-GA) said one of his staffers was robbed at gunpoint in Washington D.C.’s Navy Yard neighborhood.

“Early this morning, three men attempted to rob one of my staffers and a friend at gunpoint in Navy Yard. One attacker took a watch, the other took a fist to the face,” Collins said Sunday.

“Our nation’s capital has become a warzone because of pro-criminal policies peddled by D.C.’s government. Thank the good Lord, after fending off the assailants, both young men are safe,” he added.

Daily Caller reports:

Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officials confirmed the attack to The Daily Caller, stating that around 1:58 a.m. officials responded to a call for “the report of a robbery,” and that multiple suspects had been present, including one possessing a gun. Following the attack, the suspects fled by vehicle, police said, posting an image of the car and license plate to social media.

Data published by the MPD in January 2024 revealed Washington, D.C. experienced a 39% increase in violent crime in 2023. While the District contains the most police officers per capita in the country, overall crime had increased by 26% from 2022, with 34,414 instances of violent and property crime being reported to authorities, in addition to property crime rising by 24%.

A bill, Secure DC Omnibus, was introduced in January 2024 by D.C. Councilmember Brooke Pinto to increase gun crime penalties and add retail theft penalties, expand the definition of carjacking, allow for DNA sample collection from felony suspects and allow officers to designate high-crime areas drug-free zones.

“MPD is searching for the suspect vehicle involved in multiple armed robbery offenses across the city targeting people’s money and jewelry,” DC Police Department said.

Per Newsweek:

Last October, a staffer working for Alabama senator Katie Britt was confronted in a similar way, when a lone gunman threatened them with a gun to give up a purse and car keys.

Britt later said: “It is infuriating and completely unacceptable that an American who is on Capitol Hill to serve her country cannot safely walk the streets of Washington, D.C., at 8:30 at night because of the out-of-control crime in this city.”​

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