The Justice Department announced Friday that it is sending more federal resources to Washington, D.C. to curb the growing spike of gun crime in the nation’s capital.
The district saw a 35% increase in homicides in 2023 compared to 2022, going from 203 to 274, while robberies went up by 67%, at 3,470 last year, according to Metropolitan Police Department data. As a result, the department said Friday that it would be sending more federal agents, analysts, federal prosecutors and other resources to investigate and prosecute carjackings and gun crimes, according to a press release.
Carjackings went up for the sixth year in a row to 959 in 2023 and out of 182 individuals who were charged with armed carjacking, 139 of them were juveniles and out of the 43 adults, 31 were under the age of 24 D.C. U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves, said Thursday at the Police Executive Research Forum conference, according to Axios.
“To the teenagers fueling these crimes, know that there is no such thing as a ‘free ride.’ Masks will not protect you. We will track you down and aggressively pursue the charges that fit the crime,” Graves said.
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