Multiple people carjacked a victim in Northeast D.C. late Tuesday, prompting a police chase that ended with suspects allegedly barricaded in a home, police said.
The victim was sitting in a parked car in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue NE when a car pulled up nearby, police said.
Three people got out of the car, and at least one pulled out a firearm, police said.
The victim complied with the suspects’ demands to get out of the vehicle, police said.
One suspect fled in the victim’s car, and two others fled in the other car, which was white, police said.
The victim was not injured, police said.
Police were called to the carjacking about 11:40 p.m. Officers pursued the suspects to the 1200 block of 18th Place NE, police said.
The suspects allegedly ran into a building and barricaded themselves inside, according to police.
Hours later, police officers and vehicles were seen on the street that dead-ends at the National Arboretum. The investigation was ongoing about 7 a.m. and police were blocking access to the road.
Investigators were focusing on a red Mercedes with open doors. An evidence collection team took photos of the vehicle, which appeared to be parked on a sidewalk at an angle.
No arrests were made after the barricade ended, police said.
The case is under investigation.
D.C. police have sounded the alarm about a rise in carjacking crimes for more than a year.
In 2019, there were 142 carjackings reported in the city. More than 400 carjackings were reported in 2021, News4 reported.
Motor vehicle thefts are up 16% and robberies are up 56% from this time last year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
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