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In an incident in the nation’s capital, Secret Service agents responsible for safeguarding President Joe Biden’s granddaughter, Naomi Biden, took action when they observed three individuals attempting to break into an unmarked Secret Service vehicle.
According to The Hill, the event occurred late on a Sunday night in the Georgetown neighborhood. These agents witnessed the trespassers damaging a window on the parked and unoccupied SUV. The details of the investigation cannot be publicly disclosed, and an anonymous law enforcement official shared this information with The Associated Press on Monday.
In response to the break-in, one of the agents shot their firearm, although no one was injured by the shots, as confirmed by the Secret Service in an official statement. The three individuals involved were spotted making their getaway in a red car, prompting the Secret Service to issue a regional alert to the Metropolitan Police to be on the lookout for the vehicle.
Notably, the Washington area has experienced a surge in carjackings and vehicle thefts during this year. Reports indicate that there have been over 750 carjackings and more than 6,000 cases of stolen vehicles in the district. In a separate incident, U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas was a victim of carjacking near the Capitol last month when three armed assailants stole his car, although he was not physically harmed in the process.
Additionally, the city has witnessed a significant increase in violent crime, with rates rising by over 40% compared to the previous year. One such incident involved the assault on U.S. Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota in her apartment building in February, resulting in bruises but fortunately no severe injuries.