A Secret Service agent assigned to protect President Joe Biden’s granddaughter fired on a number of individuals who were trying to break into an unmarked car that belonged to the federal law enforcement agency.
The agent, who was assigned to Naomi Biden, was monitoring the Georgetown neighborhood in Washington, D.C., where she lives. Three different agents in total observed the break-in attempt, per the New York Post.
“[A]round 11:58 p.m. … Secret Service agents encountered possibly three individuals breaking a window on a parked and unoccupied government vehicle,” Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said.
“During this encounter, a federal agent discharged a service weapon, and it is believed no one was struck,” Guglielmi explained.
“The offenders immediately fled the scene in a red vehicle, and a regional lookout was issued to supporting units. There was no threat to any protectees, and the incident is being investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department and the Secret Service,” he added.
As of publication, the alleged perpetrators are still at large.
Wendell Husebo, a right-leaning politico, observed on X, “The average D.C. resident does not have protection from the Secret Service, as Naomi Biden does.”
Compared to a year ago, car thefts in the nation’s capital have increased an alarming 98% so far in 2023. Crime statistics show that there have been 863 carjackings in D.C. so far this year, compared to just 432 during the same period in 2022, marking a 104% increase.
Unable to ignore the explosion in car thefts and carjackings, D.C. authorities have resorted to recommending that car owners take extreme measures to avoid being hijacked or having their cars stolen. These include driving in the center lane so that carjackers cannot approach the car and leaving room for evasive maneuvers whenever they come to a stop.
As The Dallas Express has previously covered, Dallas is suffering a similar surge in criminal activity, including motor vehicle thefts. As of November 12, there have been 16,387 car thefts reported in Dallas, surpassing the 13,400 reported during the entire year in 2022.
The Dallas Police Department has been short-staffed for some time now, fielding fewer than 3,200 officers. A City report recommends a city the size of Dallas should have around 4,000 officers on staff.
Motor vehicle thefts and car burglaries are especially prevalent in Downtown Dallas, which logs considerably more crime than nearby Fort Worth’s downtown area. The latter is patrolled by a dedicated neighborhood police unit and private security guards.