Nearly never a night goes by these days that doesn’t turn into a blood bath in blue-run cities like Baltimore. Now, recent statistics show that murder is not the only crime on the rise that Baltimore residents have to worry about. Carjackings are also up a disturbing amount, and even more troubling, increasingly, women seem to be the target of these gun-toting car thieves.
One such woman Monica Holland shared her near-death experience with would-be carjackers with Fox News. She says many others in her neighborhood have similar terrifying tales.
Holland is ringing the alarm over the surge of carjackings throughout the city, with many of the crimes committed in her neighborhood.
“It’s not only me, it’s happening to other people. But they’re scared to come forward, I’m not. I’m ready to tell and face whoever it is because they need to be arrested,” said Holland.
Holland is the victim of an attempted carjacking by two masked men in front of her home on Chatford Avenue three weeks ago. She revealed the chilling circumstances of the incident to FOX 45.
“He told the other boy that was standing outside, kill her yo. And he put the gun inside of my window and clicked it to try to kill me, and the gun jammed,” said Holland as she describes being face-to-face with the suspects’ guns. “I thought they were going to kidnap me or kill me anyway, either way, if I got out the car, they were going to harm me. If I stayed in my car they were going to harm me, which tried to happen,” she added.
According to police, carjackings were up 71 percent in the first three weeks of this year in the city that borders Washington DC, with 351 reported now citywide. Most of them happen in BPD’s Northeastern District, where Holland lives, with 77 carjackings reported.
Baltimore City Councilwoman Danielle McCray represents the area where Holland lives. FOX45 News wanted to know what is she doing about the problem.
The FOX affiliate said that they emailed questions, including what steps have you taken in addressing this issue? Have you been in contact with police commanders in your district about the matter? And if so, what steps, if any, are police in your district taking to control carjackings in the area?
As of this writing, the station still had not received a reply from McCray.
Meanwhile, Holland believes there’s something residents can do to help combat the crime and catch the criminals.
“If everybody come out and speak out and speak up, maybe a lot can get done, said Holland. “It’s nothing getting done because people thinking if you go to the news if you go to the police you snitching. No, you’re not snitching, you’re coming forward and you’re ready to face those individual that’s doing this critical stuff out here to people.”
Baltimore police have said part of their plan includes increasing coordination with federal law enforcement to investigate and disrupt this rash of violent carjackings.
As usual, Democratic Governors of blue states, when they cannot control crime, they turn to the federal government for help.