Police Seek Suspects in July 4th Carjacking

Crime Blotter: July 4

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Police seek a suspect driving a red Lexus sedan in a July 4 carjacking at a gas station on the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Image: MPD 1D List Serv

Ana Harvey, former Director of the District Department of Small and Local Business Development (DSLBD), and currently dating District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, was the victim of an Unarmed Carjacking offense that happened on Wednesday, July 4, on the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) First District are looking for help identifying a suspect and a car.

At around 7:15 a.m., Harvey was trying to put gas in the vehicle at a gas on the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE.  The suspects approached in a red Lexus sedan. One of the suspects exited the red Lexus and entered Harvey’s car, driving it away from the station. The second suspect fled the scene in the red Lexus.  

One of the suspects and his vehicle were captured by a nearby surveillance camera and can be seen in the photos above.

Anyone who can identify the persons or cars in the image or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099. You can also text your tip to the Department’s Text Tip Line at 50411. 

Crime Solvers of DC offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

The above story has been updated to note that the victim in this case is a former District agency official.

In Other News

At 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, a man was arrested on the Unit block of K Street SE on charges of Simple Assault.

At 3:57 a.m. Wednesday, a woman was arrested on the 200 block of 17th Street NW on charges of Driving Under the Influence.

At 7:48 a.m. Wednesday, there was a theft at a residence on the 700 block of G Street SW.

Reporting Illegal Activity

Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity that seems out of the ordinary, immediately call 911.

When reporting suspicious activity, give an accurate description. Here are some things to include:

  • Brief description of the activity;
  • Date, time and location of the activity;
  • Physical identifiers of anyone you observed;
  • Descriptions of vehicles;
  • Information about where people involved in suspicious activities may have gone;
  • Your name and contact information.

“As we continue to work with our community in the prevention of crime, we ask that if you see something suspicious you contact us immediately,” says First District Commander Morgan C. Kane, MPA.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on July 5th, 2018 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listserv.