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Yet another person has fallen victim to a carjacking that began as a fender-bender, authorities said.
Police say the woman was driving in the 700 block of 13th Street NE around 9:30 Thursday morning when she was "bumped" by a vehicle described as a blue, 4-door Infiniti. When the woman got out of her car to inspect the damage, a male passenger in the striking vehicle did the same.
The man then jumped into her open car and drove off.
The victim's car is described as a gray, 4-door 2011 Dodge Charger with Virginia tags XGY-2244.
Similar carjacking have been reported in other parts of D.C. over the last month.
The first carjacking took place Aug. 28 at about 7 a.m. at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Naylor Street SE. Just like the most recent carjacking, the suspect rear end a victim’s car and the drive away with both vehicles when the victim gets out to inspect the damage.
A second carjacking was reported Tuesday at 9:47 a.m. at the intersection of Division and Eastern avenues in Northeast. A woman was pushed out of the way when she got out to inspect the damage.
At 10:21 a.m. that day, a second attempt failed when the victim stayed in her car at the intersection of Fort Davis Drive and Massachusetts Avenue in Southeast and told the man she was calling police, prompting him to flee.
The individuals successfully completed another carjacking Thursday at 8:05 a.m., stealing a vehicle at the intersection of Hartford Street and Alabama Avenue in Southeast.
The offending cars in these cases have been described as a two-door gray vehicle, a black Toyota Avalon and a silver Buick.
Police have not said whether all the cases are connected.
The Metropolitan Police Department advises to stay in your vehicle with your doors locked if you are involved in a rear-end collision and call 911 for police assistance. The MPD also asks for information in the make, model and license place of the vehicle and any other defining characteristics of the car or of the people inside.
If you have information about these cases, call 202-727-9099. You can also submit information by text messaging 50411.