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Senator Corker's daughter carjacked in downtown DC

The 22-year-old daughter of Tennessee's junior senator was slightly injured Wednesday night when two carjackers forced her from her sport-utility vehicle at a Northwest Washington intersection, police and the lawmaker's office said.

Julia Corker, daughter of Sen. Bob Corker (R), was stopped at a red light in her Chevrolet Tahoe when the incident occurred at 7th and D streets NW, a few blocks from D.C. police headquarters, said Todd Womack, the senator's chief of staff. Police said a global-positioning device in the Tahoe helped officers locate the vehicle in Seat Pleasant late Wednesday night, resulting in the arrests of two suspects.

"She's a little sore this morning," Womack said of the victim, adding that she traveled to Seat Pleasant with her father after the arrests and made a formal identification of the two alleged carjackers. "The senator feels very, very fortunate that she's okay," Womack said. "This could have been much worse."

He said the carjacking, first reported on the Web site of WUSA-TV (channel 9), took place while Julia Corker was driving home.

D.C. Police Cmdr. David K. Kamperin, without identifying the victim by name, said she was "approached by a subject who asked her for directions" as she was stopped at the intersection about 9:30 p.m. "While giving directions, another suspect entered the passenger side of her vehicle, and she was forced out of the vehicle."

Womack said Corker was dragged from the Tahoe by her neck. "Senator Corker is very grateful to the D.C. police, the Capitol police, the FBI and the Seat Pleasant police for the professional way they responded to this," Womack said.

D.C. police did not immediately release the suspects' names, saying only that both are adults. One lives in the 1700 block of Gales Street NE, the other in the 7600 block of Kipling Park Way in District Heights, Kamerin said. He said each was charged with possessing a stolen vehicle and unarmed carjacking.


-- Paul Duggan

By Washington Post editors  |  December 3, 2009; 12:32 PM ET
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Wow, what a fast arrest! Hmmmm........Safety tip: lock your doors!

Posted by: jckdoors | December 3, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

"Senator Corker is very grateful to the D.C. police, the Capitol police, the FBI and the Seat Pleasant police for the professional way they responded to this."

Senator Corker!!!!!!! Oh My God!!!! You just got swindled by Socialist police and community assistance!!! Come on Corker.....say it.....Socialism happened to you!!!! *GASP!!!*

Posted by: swatkins1 | December 3, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

How often do you hear the American criminal justice system described as "the best in the world" (by Americans, of course)?
Wake up. If you can't walk, or drive, at night in your own neighborhood without fear the system is failing you. The reason largely consists of "constitutional rights" of the accused that are not found in the Constitution and not recognized in other, more realistic, Western countries.

Posted by: Roytex | December 3, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

The reason largely consists of "constitutional rights" of the accused that are not found in the Constitution and not recognized in other, more realistic, Western countries.
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Which of course explains our phenomenal success as a nation and as a superpower.

ROTFLMAO.

You ARE good for laughs...

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | December 3, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Only a senators daughter would cause an arrest to happen this fast. Note to the senator and daughter, if you read this and you know the names of the guys arrested, please check up on them here:

https://www.dccourts.gov/pa/

Odds are they will be released right away. Perhaps you can use your senatorial influence to get them locked up for a while, so they don't kill one of us sooner rather than later.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | December 3, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Was the arrest made so quickly because she is a senator's daughter, next time a raise is due I hope that the senator remember's what the law enforcement office's has done for him and his daughter, and he will not stop them from getting a pay raise, maybe increase it, (LOL, on the increase).

Posted by: onesugar1 | December 3, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Was the arrest made so quickly because she is a senator's daughter, next time a raise is due I hope that the senator remember's what the law enforcement office's has done for him and his daughter, and he will not stop them from getting a pay raise, maybe increase it, (LOL, on the increase).

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Agreed.

I was hangng out at the DC bus station Saturday night (!) (ROTFLMAO) (car trouble NEAR the bus station) and 2 cops stopped by to check it out. Friendly.

That's pretty good security, I thought.

I like DC.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | December 3, 2009 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think that maybe the speedy arrest happened because of technology -- the onboard GPS system in the car? Geez... get a life

Posted by: wdrudman | December 3, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

7th&D? Who the heck trys anything at 7th&D? Wven without a GPS system in the car the sheer volume of cameras and street traffic pretty much assures that your face will be seen. Sounds like a couple of dumbells.

Posted by: EricS2 | December 3, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Many of the posters here are correct that these clowns were caught quickly because of who the victim is and secondly they will be out on the street in short order may be to kill next time because the system considers them victims.

Posted by: Pilot1 | December 3, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey Corker, think about this next time you vote against the interests of D.C.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 3, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Between Tiger Woods and Julia Corker, OnStar technology is getting quite a PR boost these days!

Anyway, originally questioned why she rolled down the window, but it appears she was just trying to be helpful. DC could use more nice people...I hope this doesn't shake her trust. Glad she's safe and with her family.

Posted by: alc0f7 | December 3, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

You ain't in Kansas (in this case TN) anymore Dorothy. NEVER wind your window down for a stranger. At least not far enough for them to get their hand in.

Posted by: mitlen | December 3, 2009 1:16 PM | Report abuse

America has more people in prison than any other country, and the know-nothings still argue that we're too "soft on crime."

Maybe we should be looking at why other countries have one-fifth the incarceration rate we do.

Posted by: DupontJay | December 3, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

D.C. Police Cmdr. David K. Kamperin, without identifying the victim by name, said she was "approached by a subject who asked her for directions" as she was stopped at the intersection about 9:30 p.m. "While giving directions, another suspect entered the passenger side of her vehicle, and she was forced out of the vehicle."
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Umm, why didn't you LOCK YOUR DOORS there sweety?

Posted by: WildBill1 | December 3, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

We better teach our family members to NEVER EVER roll down a window to help anyone and to keep all doors locked. This is not just true in DC but all areas of the country. There is no safe haven, unfortunately, in these terrible times.

Posted by: giuseppe59 | December 3, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm very glad she wasn't seriously hurt. However, if she had been, you better believe some new law would have been enacted by Congress post-haste.

BTW, this is what happens to a trusting person in D.C. No wonder it's such a socially dysfunctional place. If you don't HAVE to come here, don't.

Posted by: TooManyPeople | December 3, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Dupont Jay Wrote - America has more people in prison than any other country, and the know-nothings still argue that we're too "soft on crime."

Maybe we should be looking at why other countries have one-fifth the incarceration rate we do.

Yes, and the vast majority are in due to this country's absurd drug policy. But this was an armed, violent crime. What do you propose? You don't think they should be incarserated? Are you insane?

Posted by: Trout1 | December 3, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

DupontJay, we have so many people in jail due to our drug war. I think we can all agree that violent assaults deserve jail time and perhaps smoking pot doesn't. There are very real killers walking this city, never forget that. In Dupont, refer to the case of Adrien D. Alstad, killed by a repeat felon. Thank Phil Mendelson for these murders.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | December 3, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

When somebody approaches your car you are supposed to ALREADY HAVE THE DOORS LOCKED. Never roll the window down.

And of course, FLOOR IT!

Posted by: Heerman532 | December 3, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

First, she was probably on the phone too. Second, who doesn't lock their car doors?!?! Or, in this day and age, have a car whose doors lock automatically when the car is started???..And what 22 year old can afford (or NEEDS TO DRIVE) a Tahoe?!?! Sheesh.

I will say this: women, there is NO NEED to be nice to everyone. Mind your safety first, then your manners.

Posted by: sigmagrrl | December 3, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

A yucky story.

Homeland security doesn't look too good at times.

I wonder if these two characters have a long history of crime, with multiple slaps on the wrists, and multiple pardons - ala 'Huckabee' style.

Posted by: franknark | December 3, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

To Too May People: I've lived in ten states, DC, and Germany. I'll take DC over any of them.

If you think there are too many people here, do yourself a favor and leave.

Posted by: bflorhodes | December 3, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

agree, pot smokers don't belong in jail for that particular crime, but really, are many if any, actually serving time for that? The real problem to me, is uneven sentencing, depending on luck of the draw, if you are getting a court appointed attorney, or how much you can pay, if you hire your own.

Posted by: Harise | December 3, 2009 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Mistake #1 - Rolling down your window for anyone to give them directions.. Mistake #2 not keeping your doors locked. Thank God for OnStar/LoJack. (I also note my husband's car was stolen in Baltimore, but recovered quickly, and resulted in an arrest by the cops, and we're nobody special...)

Posted by: DCtoBalto | December 3, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

lets take it easy with the victim blaming here. she was in a very populated neighborhood at a totally reasonable hour and yet so many of you are SO quick not to have sympathy for this poor girl, but to BLAME her for a) not locking her doors and b) driving a tahoe? what about blaming the two guys who jumped in her car, violently removed her and drove away?

you are the same type who blames a woman for sexual assault bc her top was too low cut. you can't live your life in a bubble of fear each time you get asked for directions. this was in no way her fault.

Posted by: ROEL8021 | December 3, 2009 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow! At 7th & D?? No one is safe apparently. Good thing these guys didn't shoot her like the two guys in Southeast the other night. She's very lucky. I won't even stop next time someone asks me for directions.

Posted by: PepperDr | December 3, 2009 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the REAL world that others experience outside the Beltway !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | December 3, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

7th & D Streets? You mean she got carjacked right outside the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

Not that DHS deals much with carjackings, but the guys who did this would have to be complete morons to try jacking a vehicle given the number of surveillance cameras in the area.

They carjackers weren't named Salahi, were they?

Posted by: Gallenod | December 3, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Just be thankful Huckabee isn't Mayor of DC.

Posted by: slim2 | December 3, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

What was she doing talking to strangers? What was she doing with her doors unlocked at an intersection in DC? Where does she think she is...in remote Alaska where everyone is a saint?

Posted by: w4vr | December 3, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

To DoubleJay...
Perhaps because we have 4/5ths more Bad Guys than other countries.
Slim2...
You are so right. I don't want a Mayor Huckabee emptying the jails in my neighborhood.

Posted by: postoastie | December 3, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Sen. Corker:
I'm sorry about the ordeal your daughter had to go through but she is unharmed. Kindly rethink your position on DC's gun control laws.

Posted by: RJ24 | December 3, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Good to see so many folks here blaming the victim, who did nothing more than give directions and forget to lock her doors.
And don't forget all you bleeding-hearts types, if it turns out the perps are black, then THEY are the REAL victims of this oppresive racist system!!!

Posted by: peabody2 | December 3, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama voters are their best.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | December 3, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

safety tip -- just don't drive in DC period. between the nazi parking ticket morons, money-printing ticket cameras, idiotic cell phone law, and thugs all over town, why bother?

Posted by: notindc1 | December 3, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

A similar incident happened a few weeks ago, in a nice part of Old Town Alexandria, to an older gentleman who also chose to be courteous to a stranger who approached him purportedly seeking help.

The unfortunate moral of the story is that we must now be on guard against strangers at all times, especially if we may be perceived as weak or vulnerable (young female alone, elderly, frail, etc.).

Honest and honorable people, legitimately seeking directions or other assistance, will find their entreaties refused. It's just not safe to take the chance, and there are no longer any "safe" parts of town.

It's a shame, but that seems to be what we've come to.

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 3, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I am always saddened when this type of thing happens to anybody. And I believe that when a crime is committed, in the vast majority of cases, it is not the victim's fault in any way. But sometimes, we make ourselves easy prey. At 22, this young lady should know to NEVER roll your window down to talk to ANY stranger. Over a year ago, my daughter was robbed at gunpoint while walking from the Metro station. She was also completely distracted while engrossed in conversation on her cell phone. I thank God that she wasn't physically harmed in any way. But while she was the victim of a vicious crime, I don't doubt that her own behavior made her an easy mark -- just as I think the Senator's daughter contributed by doing something as silly as opening her window to talk to a a strange man.

Unfortunately, this is the world we live in.

Posted by: Tootsumi | December 3, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

She positively identified the suspects.
Good.
Now take those two useless peices of crap, give them a fair trial, and then execute them.

Posted by: mhoust | December 3, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This may sound harsh, but you're inviting trouble if you drive through DC without locking your doors.

Posted by: SUMB44 | December 3, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

We feel empowered by the weapons we have whether in dealing with other countries or dealing inside our own cities (with hand guns). The paradigm is the same.

How many times have I read: "GO NUKE THEM."? The answer: MANY

Posted by: zebra4 | December 3, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

As soon as I cross into DC, the locks go on, if they're not already. The veneer of civilization is pretty thin here.

Posted by: fluxgirl | December 3, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

LOCK YOUR DOORS. LOCK YOUR DOORS. LOCK YOUR DOORS.

DO NOT GIVE ANYONE DIRECTIONS -- let them find out for themselves how to get there!


Posted by: bronxace | December 3, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if her insurance will now drop her FOR HAVING A PRE_EXISTING CONDITION OF STUPIDITY.
She definitely has that. Must be genetic.

Posted by: kare1 | December 3, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The comments are infinitely more interesting and informative than the news story. I wonder if anyone "in authority" ever reads these comments. There's an anger out there--and it's not misplaced.

Posted by: Watersville | December 3, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

To all of you whining about how dangerous it is to drive in DC (or anywhere), why do you even step out of your house? You do realize you can be attacked or mugged or carjacked anywhere? But why live your life afraid? Grow up. Live life.

And to those claiming to never help a stranger again, you would let one incident change the way you live? People all over the country give and ask for directions every day, yet one negative example in the media turns you all into sniveling babies. Perspective, please.

Posted by: floydboyd | December 3, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Roytex wrote:

How often do you hear the American criminal justice system described as "the best in the world" (by Americans, of course)?
Wake up. If you can't walk, or drive, at night in your own neighborhood without fear the system is failing you. The reason largely consists of "constitutional rights" of the accused that are not found in the Constitution and not recognized in other, more realistic, Western countries.

>You, Roytex, clearly know nothing about the Constitution, nor do you appreciate the reasons constitutional protections exist. While the "technicalities" of properly arresting and prosecuting a suspect/defendant may result in some of them beating the rap, this country would be a far worse and scarier place to live in without them. Better to have to be aware of criminals than to live in a place where the government (which is far larger and more powerful than any criminal) can basically do what it wants to citizens without any meaningful oversight. And, sorry, crimes happen in other Western countries too. Your logic is both flawed and dangerous.

Posted by: joemomma3 | December 3, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

young boopsie at 7th&d after dark in a tahoe with doors unlocked,giving directions to a couple bros? BS

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Posted by: pofinpa | December 3, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should be looking at why other countries have one-fifth the incarceration rate we do.

Posted by: DupontJay | December 3, 2009 1:19 PM |
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Maybe it's because other countries keep them locked up (less recidivism); and, therefore, their brothers/sisters know that the criminal systems in those countries mean business.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | December 3, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

It wasn't a carjacking, that's how people in DC ask for direction..........

Posted by: ENJOYA | December 3, 2009 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I've never heard as many scared little children in my life as I have reading these comments. Some of you people sound like you're afraid of your own shadow. Come on, folks, it's a big city. Unfortunately, this happens sometimes, even to rich people's daughters.

Let's not forget that we're in a country that already has more of its citizens in jail than any other country in human history. China incarcerates 18% of the number we do. Crime has decreased 25% since the 80s, yet we're locking up four times the people as back then. You can't tell me these statistics add up.

Posted by: justin_timberwolf | December 3, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

What..what.. this happening in Wash. D.C.?
I cannot believe it.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | December 3, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Onstar in the vehicle led police to the carjackers,all vehicles should have GM on star.

Posted by: dcg326 | December 3, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse


Never heard of him or her. What makes them so special?


Posted by: mortified469 | December 3, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

DC is a great place to car jack. You know the DC citizen isn't armed...because it would be dangerous to give a citizen a legal weapon with which to defend themselves. I doubt many occur over on the Virginia side of the Potomac they just run across to DC and steal what they want with little threat. Yep, DC sure is ran by a smart bunch of people. Yep, yep. And oh yeah, the criminals all run over to DC to shoot each other too.

Posted by: staterighter | December 3, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

7th & D Streets? You mean she got carjacked right outside the headquarters of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security?

Not that DHS deals much with carjackings, but the guys who did this would have to be complete morons to try jacking a vehicle given the number of surveillance cameras in the area.

They carjackers weren't named Salahi, were they?

Posted by: Gallenod | December 3, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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DHS is at 7th & D SW, NOT NW! And 7th & D SW is NOT DHS HQ...

But, this is a dangerous city, she should get in the practice of locking her doors as soon as she's in the vehicle!

Posted by: Angryman | December 3, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

For those of you not familiar with the District let me give you the facts on the area of the highjacking. It is two blocks south of the Verizon Center, a block and a half north of Pennsylvania Ave, and two blocks east of the FBI building. There is no Homeland Security building at this intersection. The street lights at this intersection are considerably dimmer than the lights at the Verizon Center. As far as the wheather she should have had her car doors locked I have two daughters and I have to remind them to lock their doors.

As for the suspects you can bet they will be locked up until they are sentenced to hefty jail time. Robbing a Senator's daughter is not tolerated in the District. If they had robbed the average Joe they would be out on bail from which they would not show up for trail.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

If all new cars were required to have GPS locating devices installed, car thefts and carjackings would eventual become a thing of the past. This would save lives and money.

Posted by: tystoneman | December 3, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Obama voters are their best.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | December 3, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

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Except most CRIMINALS aren't civic minded enought to vote!! Nice try though!!

Posted by: Angryman | December 3, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

She's probably been told all her life that locking your door and rolling up your window at the sight of a black male is a form of racism. Better to be carjacked and/or raped and murdered than to be accused of that.

Posted by: RVZ555 | December 3, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

What a country !! Our senate and house haven't even given the district of columbia
delegate an official vote. And can you imagine the Congress managing DC? Sure, as long as Congress reps don't have to live there. Obama, Bush, Clinton, Regan, it doesn't matter who carries the title, they are all products of egotism and sausage politics. Has there ever been a politician who did the right thing no matter what? Perhaps, but in the 18th century.

Posted by: canvassback | December 3, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure all the people who are blaming the victim for not assuming everyone is a criminal will be cursing the "rude" and "arrogant" people in D.C. next time their car breaks down or they get lost and no one will stop to help them!

Posted by: buffysummers | December 3, 2009 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I advise my fiance to not only lock her doors but to not pull up on the bumper of the car in front of her so she can scoot if anyone approaches her. Better to run a light than to get shot or worse.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 3, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Yes, as soon as you can say "socialist", the Rethug's daughter was saved by a government paid for and managed system called the police.

Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 3, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Tootsum, which metro station was your daughter at when she got robbed? Sorry to dredge up any bad memories?

Posted by: jsmith33351 | December 3, 2009 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Why was the FBI involved? The victim was transported across state lines.

Posted by: BO__Stinks | December 3, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Why was the FBI involved? The victim was transported across state lines.

Posted by: BO__Stinks | December 3, 2009 7:58 PM |


Did you even bother to read the story?

Posted by: gpl2411 | December 3, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse


I think Cheney caused the whole thing.


Posted by: mortified469 | December 3, 2009 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Obviously, some of you did not read the story completely or you just chose to ignore it... the reason why there were arrests made so quickly was due to GPS tracking in the car.... it lead the police to the morons who jacked her... now, you are a moron if you are giving someone directions at an intersection in DC! let them flag down a cop or go to a store for directions!

Posted by: rvanags | December 3, 2009 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Must not have been Politically correct to post their identities, race etc even thought it is KNOWN. Since it is DC I can only guess the race of the two upstanding human beings. To the liberally impaired, thanks for making these guys "victims" of some sort. Below is so true!!

She's probably been told all her life that locking your door and rolling up your window at the sight of a black male is a form of racism. Better to be carjacked and/or raped and murdered than to be accused of that.
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Posted by: 65apr | December 3, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

While there really is no place for politics in this story (the carjackers had no idea who this lady was), I have to agree that these carjackers will get a much harsher punishment than if they had carjacked a regular Joe. In fact, I would be willing to bet that these guys have done this before and been in and out of jail for the same or similar crimes.

Posted by: PepperDr | December 3, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

America is the most dangerous country on the planet. God bless the USA.(TM)

Posted by: JoshHamilton | December 4, 2009 12:16 AM | Report abuse

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