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FBI employee carjacked near Capitol Hill, suspect search underway

The stolen vehicle was recovered about 25 minutes after a federal agent became a victim of an armed carjacking in D.C.

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An FBI employee was carjacked in the eastern end of Capitol Hill on Wednesday afternoon, the FBI has confirmed to News4.

"At this time, we can confirm that an FBI employee was carjacked on the afternoon of November 29," the FBI said in an emailed statement. "The vehicle was recovered, and the FBI Washington Field Office and the Metropolitan Police Department's Carjacking Task Force are investigating."

According to D.C. police, officers were called to the 100 block of 12th Street NE, close to Lincoln Park, about 3:45 p.m. for a carjacking.

A map shows where the vehicle was carjacked in D.C. and where it was found.

"The victim, a federal agent, reported two suspects took their vehicle," D.C. police said of the armed carjacking.

The stolen vehicle was found about 25 minutes later in the 1000 block of 15th Street SE, police said. That location is about a mile from where the carjacking happened.

No other details about those two suspects have been released.

D.C. police and the FBI have also not shared details about what may have led up to the carjacking.

The number of carjackings in D.C. has more than doubled in the past year.

So far this year, 906 people have been carjacked, compared to 439 last year, D.C. police statistics show. Many of the victims were at gunpoint, with guns involved in over three-quarters of those crimes.

A few of those carjackings have had high-profile victims — including U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas. Cuellar was carjacked near his home in Navy Yard on Oct. 2.

"I looked at one with a gun, another one with a gun, a third one behind me... they said they wanted my car, I said 'Sure,'" Cuellar told reporters at the time. "You've gotta keep calm under those situations. And then, they took off."

Also in October, a 13-year-old boy was shot and killed while trying to carjack a federal officer near a number of courthouses, authorities have said.

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