Henry Cuellar also had his phone and iPad stolen in the carjacking, according to an aide (GETTY IMAGES)
US congressman Henry Cuellar was held up at gunpoint while his car was stolen in Washington on Monday evening, according to local media reports.
Mr Cuellar, a Democrat from Texas, was reportedly parking about a mile (1.6km) from the US Capitol when he was approached by three armed people.
He was unharmed and his vehicle was later recovered.
US Capitol Police said in a statement that detectives were working to track down the suspects.
The incident happened at about 21:30 local time (01:30 GMT) in the city’s south-eastern Navy Yard neighbourhood.
As well as the car, the 68-year-old’s phone and iPad were also taken, according to Mr Cuellar’s chief of staff Jacob Hochberg.
Rep Cuellar later suggested the items had been recovered, adding that what “really got me upset was they took my sushi”.
“Three guys came out of nowhere and they pointed guns at me…they said they wanted my car,” he told reporters outside the Capitol building on Tuesday morning. “I said sure, you got to keep calm in those situations.”
“I do want to thank the Capitol Police and I certainly want to thank the Metro Police. I’m a big law enforcement person.”
But he expressed concern that the incident “happened less than a mile away from the Capitol”, noting that a number of senior Democrats live in the area.
The number of carjackings in Washington has been on the rise in recent years. In 2021, the local police department launched a taskforce to deal with the issue.
According to the latest police figures, there have been 750 incidents of carjacking in the city so far this year and 75% of these offences involved guns.
Mr Cuellar is currently serving his 10th term in the US House of Representatives for Texas’ 28th congressional district.
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