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Carjackings in D.C. have residents on alert

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Carjackings seem to be increasing in the holiday season. But they happen throughout the year.

And police are alerting residents to one of the methods some carjackers have been using.

Two carjackings in one section of D.C. have residents on alert, especially women.

Each began with what appeared to be a car accident. But when the victims got out to inspect the damage, that's when the thieves struck.

In both of the cases the victims were women driving by themselves.

One happened about 9:30 a.m., October 27, in front of Elizabeth Gallmon’s home on C Street.

"They told her something was wrong with her car and she got out and they got her car and left," Gallmon tells ABC7.

A Maryland woman driving on C Street was bumped from behind by another car. Police say when the woman got out of her car to check out her bumper, a suspect in the car that hit her jumped in her 2009 Toyota Camry and took off.

She had been carjacked.

"She was nervous and crying and then she called police," Gallmon said.

“And then she started screaming. I felt so sorry for her. I felt like coming in my house and crying myself," said Hazel Williams, a neighbor.

And a similar case happened about the same time of morning yesterday, about 6/10ths of a mile away on Oklahoma Avenue near RFK Stadium.

A woman driving alone in her Lexus was bumped from behind. When she got out to check the damage, a man in the car that hit her jumped in her car and escaped.

"The concern for us is that we are looking at the possibility it is the same people," says MPD Cmdr. Danny Hickson

In both cases, there were at least two men. One stays in the "bumper" car and drives it away, while the other speeds off in the newly stolen car.

Not far from the latest crime scene, just two years ago, Elmer Campbell says he was bumped from behind by a car and then robbed at gunpoint.

"Took my wallet; took her cellphone, her purse," says Campbell.

"Somebody bumps me from behind, I’m not going to get out. I’m going to keep going," says James Cully, another neighbor.

Police aren't recommending you drive away. Instead, call 911. And if you get out of your car, they say take the keys out of the ignition and lock your doors.

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