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Several men have been intentionally causing fender-benders in order to coax drivers out of their cars so they can be stolen, according to D.C. police.
D.C. police are investigating three carjackings and one attempted carjacking in northeast and southeast D.C. in which the men are rear end a victim’s car and drive away with both vehicles when the victim gets out to inspect the damage.
The first carjacking took place Aug. 28 at about 7 a.m. at the intersection of Alabama Avenue and Naylor Street SE.
The second carjacking was Tuesday at 9:47 a.m. at the intersection of Division and Eastern avenues in Northeast. A woman was pushed out of the way when she got out to inspect the damage.
At 10:21 a.m. that day, a second attempt failed when the victim stayed in her car at the intersection of Fort Davis Drive and Massachusetts Avenue in Southeast and told the man she was calling police, prompting him to flee.
The individuals successfully completed another carjacking Thursday at 8:05 a.m., stealing a vehicle at the intersection of Hartford Street and Alabama Avenue in Southeast.
The offending cars in these cases have been described as a two-door gray vehicle, a black Toyota Avalon and a silver Buick.
The Metropolitan Police Department advises to stay in your vehicle with your doors locked if you are involved in a rear-end collision and call 911 for police assistance. The MPD also asks for information in the make, model and license place of the vehicle and any other defining characteristics of the car or of the people inside.
If you have information about these cases, call 202-727-9099. You can also submit information by text messaging 50411.