December 3rd, 2009
05:10 PM ET
9 years 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. Bill from GA

    AND thanks for the excellent job done by the Seattle area policeman who straightened out that cop-killer problem for good.

    December 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Barrett

    Thank goodness for OnStar!!!

    December 3, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. j williamson

    Glad Julia is okay, but let's face it, the nation's capital is (for the most part) a crime-ridden cesspool. Not surprising!!

    December 3, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Bucky

    Uh hunh, and if you are just an ordinary citizen in D.C., not the daughter of a senator, will the DC Metro Police, Capitol Police and FBI show up if you are carjacked?

    Uh, no, methinks not.

    December 3, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  5. Tina

    Welcome to the real world.

    December 3, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Old White Virginia Female

    And how about a thank you to Onstar? Glad to see she was driving a GM product!!

    December 3, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. FL

    Why did she open her window for them in the first place? When driving, doors should be locked and one should never put down their window for a stranger, especially a young lady who is driving alone at night. She is blessed that the situation wasn't a lot worse and all they wanted was her car.

    December 3, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. southerncousin

    Anyone want to point out what that DC is run and controlled by liberal democrats, or would that be stating the obvious. Don't worry Obama will apologize to the car jackers, tell the cops that arrested them they were stupid and offer to pay all of their living expenses for the rest of their lives. It is the liberal way.

    December 3, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. andrewstl

    happens ecvvery day who cares

    December 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Scott

    A child of a US Senator is stupid enough to roll down her window for a complete stranger? In D.C.??

    Oh wait. They're from Tennessee.

    December 3, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Duck Fallas

    What kind of quid pro quo crap got his daughter a job in DC?

    December 3, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Minnesotan

    OMG! A Republican finally got a taste of "reality." It's the end of the world! What's next for the GOP? Will they be able to comprehend things like "facts" and "information" or will they stay mired in rumors, lies, and mis-information?

    December 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  13. John E Lexington KY

    Corker became a Senator by running that heinous ad against Rep. Ford suggesting he was 'commingling' with a blonde white woman. Sorry his daughter was attacked but every time I see him it invokes his destructive campaign. Tennessee should be ashamed to have such a representative. Had it voted for its native son we would have been spared the Bush II horrorcracy. This seems to be the only way Corker has been in the news, but being a mediocrity perhaps he represents his state well.

    December 3, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. carmikal

    She rolled down her window in near SW night? Clueless!

    December 3, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  15. John

    Carjacked in nation's capitol? Was she driving around the Rotunda?

    December 3, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    Welcome to the nation's capital. The crime rate, if not the highest in the nation, is among the highest in the nation.

    If we are to believe the police, of course, they will say that crime is down.

    On the other hand, if we evaluate the reports of crime in the media, we know that all police departments lie about the crime rates in their cities.

    December 3, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  17. Yolanda

    It interest how fast the suspects were apprehended in this carjacking. When other carjacking goes unsolved.

    December 3, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  18. Silence Dogoode

    Wow, glad she is OK.

    December 3, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  19. Who put the twit in twitter? Sarah!

    I'm sorry to hear about his daughter, but that aside, Corker is a disgusting redneck.

    December 3, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  20. Objective Thinking

    And the attacks on Republicans reach a new low.

    December 3, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  21. FRIZ

    This kind of thing happens everyday, some are lucky and some not so lucky. Very Happy Ending-
    God Bless you senator and your daughter

    December 3, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. DMB

    This was unfortunate but why would you roll down your window for someone you don't know. Sorry that was very stupid! I live in the area and I would not dare to something like that.

    December 3, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. johnharry

    sure wish regular citizens would get FBI intervention.
    ah the live of privileged oligarchy.

    December 3, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  24. gt

    gee... in our nations capital ,,, thats a big surprise,,,, sad....

    December 3, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Rickster

    Will this be prosecuted as a hate crime?

    December 3, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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