WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier in January, a Democrat candidate for D.C. Council At-Large was reportedly the victim of an armed carjacking in broad daylight at a local gas station.
While the victim wasn’t injured, he noted after the incident that he had a lingering feeling he’d eventually be the victim of such a crime due to there being a “crisis” of violent crime occurring in the city.
The incident transpired on January 15th at approximately 2:00 p.m. at a gas station located along the 4200 block of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue. Video from the incident shows an SUV pulling alongside the victim, D.C. Council candidate Nate Fleming, with the passenger of the SUV jumping out of the vehicle and pointing a weapon at Fleming.
Police say the suspect demanded Fleming’s keys to his BMW, with which Fleming complied, and then the victim rushed back inside of the gas station while the suspects took off in their SUV and his BMW.
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In a released statement regarding the incident, Flemings said he was “a bit embarrassed” but also “not surprised” to have been attacked, highlighting that there is a serious issue with crime in the city.
“I’m shocked, angry, and a bit embarrassed,” he said. To be threatened at gunpoint is extremely shocking, but sadly I am not surprised to have been attacked given the crisis we are facing with carjackings and violence in general in our city. Increasing public safety is at the heart of why I am running for citywide Council seat.
“These carjackings are evidence that the perpetrators of violent crimes are getting younger and younger. We must attack public safety as a short term issue, but we must recognize that violence is a symptom of long-term issues like educational inequality, lack of economic opportunity, and the lack of mental health care resources in our communities.”
In a rather rare form for a modern Democrat, Fleming not only extended accolades to the quick police response to the crime, but also voiced a desire to equip police with the means to serve as a “preventative” measure against crime via “stronger, community-based policing.”
“The police responded to this incident quickly and professionally,” he said, “but we must put our force in position to be more preventative of these types of crimes through stronger, community based policing.”