Woman carjacked, abducted and forced to drive Mercedes 8 miles, D.C. police say

A woman driving a gold Mercedes was carjacked Monday night in Southwest Washington and forced at gunpoint to drive eight miles before she was able to get free, according to D.C. police.

Authorities said they found her car — an ES320 four-door model with Maryland license plates — early Tuesday abandoned in Northeast Washington. The woman was not hurt.

The carjacking was the third reported in the District since this past weekend. About 2:45 a.m. Sunday, police said a man was shot by a masked gunman who stole a vehicle in the 2300 block of Hartford Street SE. Monday afternoon, police said a woman was stabbed during the robbery of her silver Ford Escape in the 2400 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE.

Police said they do not know if the incidents are related. None of the victims suffered serious injuries.

Monday night’s carjacking began about 8:25 p.m. in the 4600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SW, near the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Officer Araz Alali, a D.C. police spokesman, said the driver of a black SUV cut off the Mercedes at a stop sign and two men jumped out, one with a gun. They both forced their way into the Mercedes and ordered the woman to drive north on I-295, the Anacostia Freeway.

The Mercedes exited at Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue NE, in Deanwood, and got onto Kenilworth Avenue. After several blocks, the woman was able to get out, Alali said, though it was unclear if she escaped or was let go. Alali said her abduction lasted about seven minutes.

Police said the two men sped off in the Mercedes and the woman called police. Alali said the gunman stole her jewelry and other items. No arrests have been made.

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