Washington (CNN) - Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday that his daughter is fine but "really sore" after being pulled from her car and thrown to the ground in a carjacking in the nation's capital Wednesday night.
The Tennessee Republican said his 22-year-old daughter, Julia, stopped the family's 2005 Chevy Tahoe not far from their apartment - just nine blocks from the U.S. Capitol building - to help someone she thought needed directions.
"A gentleman appeared, opened the door, grabbed her by the neck," the senator said. "She kicked to try to get away ... and he threw her on the pavement and drove away."
Corker credited the vehicle's OnStar system with helping to locate it, and the suspects were taken into custody a short time later in a parking lot in Seat Pleasant, Maryland.
"It's pretty incredible how quickly they were able to apprehend" the suspects, the senator said. The two people in the car were taken into custody by police in Seat Pleasant after OnStar determined their exact location and showed that the vehicle was not moving, Corker explained.
The Seat Pleasant authorities were notified by OnStar that the stolen car was in their jurisdiction, and were provided the description and tag number of the vehicle, Seat Pleasant Police Sgt. Leroy Patterson told CNN.
"The officers just searched and they saw a vehicle matching that description," Patterson said, adding that the two suspects were taken to a Maryland station to be interviewed by Metropolitan Police detectives. The Metropolitan department "will handle the actual charges, because the incident happened in Washington, D.C.," Patterson explained.
The senator praised the work of the Metropolitan Police the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and the Seat Pleasant Police.
He also admitted that he often thought about canceling the OnStar service subscription.
"I was telling the lady who handles that for me in Chattanooga, each month I was saying, 'I don't want to pay this, I don't want to pay this,'" Corker said, adding that it was a nominal fee.
But he kept the service, "thinking that maybe OnStar would be of some help" someday, Corker said.
"Certainly it paid off tremendously last night," he said.
Updated: 5:10 p.m.
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–CNN's Ted Barrett contributed to this report.
How about cracking down on the nation's capital and the other city centers where crime is at high levels
The police are doing a good job, but I hear stories about shoot outs in the streets of Berkeley along the Oakland border and such
My thought is higher police presence
The senator's daughter got very lucky in many ways and that they caught them soon after... that just isn't so normal, but I am glad for her
Gotta love on-star for that. Glad she is OK. Scary stuff.
Don't really think this is news worthy.
I am glad she is ok. But why did she open the window that time of Night?
Maybe the D.C. City Council should be addressing the crime and economic problem rather than fringe issues. Disagree with the Senator or not, thank heavens his daughter is safe.
I am very happy that this young lady was not hurt seriously.
Ladies and gentlemen, please learn from this. NEVER OPEN YOUR WINDOW for Aanyone! JUST DRIVE AWAY even if you have to go through a read light!
This indident could easily have not had a happy ending???!!!???
Who cares??? Why is this news?
Stay classy D.C.
Nepotism at its finest, amazing how a no-nothing daughter of a senator got a no-show job right out of college....must of been tea-baggers upset at govt corruption!
"...Corker, who works in the city, was stopped at a red light last night near the Verizon Center between 9 p.m. ET and 9:30 p.m. ET when a person knocked on her window. She rolled the window down and the person was able to open the door and then "dragged her out of the vehicle by force and threw her onto the pavement and drove away..."
WELCOME TO THE BIG CITY, COWGIRL!
I wonder if the FBI would get involved if my daughter was hijacked? Ah! I didn't think so.
Hmmmm will Corker be more reasonable with stimulus programs that target crime now.
Good for Seat Pleasant Police and OnStar. :-)
Lets see, if you are a Senator's daughter and you get carjacked the FBI and Capitol Police respond. Who responds to the average "Joe"?
While I do feel sorry that this girl was carjacked, I don't understand why CNN bothers to report it. Carjackings occur on a daily basis to people all over this country. Just because it happens to one of our politicians shouldn't make it national *news*.
if she only had a gun!!!
Why is Jack Cafferty the only member of CNN talking about the climate hoax? TOday on CNN's main page,they talk about a town in Alaska dying. WHat a pile of crap! CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, shame on you!
Rolling down your window in DC for a stranger is a sure way to become a statistic. Hope she wasn't hurt.
One thing I have learned from working in the legal profession is that criminals are dumb. I mean D-U.M-B. What did they think that black do-hickey was on top of the car?
Did sher forget to put on the bumper sticker that said: "Stop I'm a Senator's Daughter"? I don't mean to be crass, but welcome to the everyday lives, assaults, and incidents of the OTHER 99% of the population.
Politicians NEVER step and DEAL with REAL WORLD issues until it impacts their family. I'm glad to hear his daughter is fine, but this is a wake up call to politicians who continue to bury their heads in the sand when it comes to FIXING the legal system. It's seriously broken and desperately needs modification. Laws are outdated for today's criminals and needs to be adjusted as we move into the 21st Century.
Stricter LAWS, BETTER laws and appropriate LAWS need to be implemented, passed and adhere to. This is NOTHING new, anyone in DC or any other urban city KNOWS this reality.
So much for safety...if the White House can be crashed...this is not news!
Glad to hear the young lady was not hurt. I hope not to see any assinine political commentary somehow attached to this event.
I wonder how much 'mileage" will GM will get from this event given the role that the "OnStar" option played in the apprehension.
I'm glad to see that the assailants were aprehended so quickly. Need to dramatize that as a deterence to other tack heads.
As an Independent Liberal, I say it's time to get tough on violent crime.
ANY VIOLENT CRIME, ten years for the first offense and recycle them for body parts on the second offense.
Too many people on the planet anyway.
Tell me exactly why a woman, or anyone else, would roll down their window for someone that knocks on it???? Evidently, her parents have not taught her the basic knowledge needed for life.