December 3rd, 2009
05:10 PM ET
3 months ago

Senator's daughter is carjacked


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.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. I am glad she got away only a little sore

    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

    god bless

    December 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Richp the Poconos

    Gotta love on-star for that. Glad she is OK. Scary stuff.

    December 3, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Amazing

    Don't really think this is news worthy.

    December 3, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Maureen

    I am glad she is ok. But why did she open the window that time of Night?

    December 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  5. No Home Rule

    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.

    December 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Brad

    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???!!!???

    December 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  7. Matt

    Who cares??? Why is this news?

    December 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  8. Julio

    Stay classy D.C.

    December 3, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. Matt

    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!

    December 3, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. smarterthanthis

    "...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!

    December 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. Norm

    I wonder if the FBI would get involved if my daughter was hijacked? Ah! I didn't think so.

    December 3, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Hmmmm will Corker be more reasonable with stimulus programs that target crime now.

    December 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. IndyVoter

    Good for Seat Pleasant Police and OnStar. :-)

    December 3, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Joan Alexander

    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"?

    December 3, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Fernando

    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*.

    December 3, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. henry

    if she only had a gun!!!

    December 3, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Paul from Phoenix

    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!

    December 3, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. turbobodi

    Rolling down your window in DC for a stranger is a sure way to become a statistic. Hope she wasn't hurt.

    December 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Rita

    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?

    December 3, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.

    December 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. EZ

    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.

    December 3, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. AXH

    So much for safety...if the White House can be crashed...this is not news!

    December 3, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  23. A Kickin' Donkey

    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.

    December 3, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  24. Bill from GA

    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.

    December 3, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  25. Fed Up

    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.

    December 3, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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