US Census Takers Attacked on the Job
By Marty Cox
May 28, 2010
Crime Beat - How many US census workers have been attacked on the job during the 2010 count? The Washington Post reveals the US Census Bureau is claiming 113 of their workers have been victims of crime while on the job.
One of the census workers makes the claim that he was the victim of a carjacking by a 14-year old.
The alleged crime took place in Hamden, Connecticut. According to reports, the teen approached him with a gun and forced him out of his car while he was working in a neighborhood.
The census worker told police the teen stole money from him, then drove away in his car. A few minutes later, the teen returned in the car and forced the worker to drive him to another area of town. The alleged carjacker fled once they reached that destination and ran away on foot.
He was later caught by police. The teen has been charged with carjacking, kidnapping, robbery and larceny.
In all, WaPo reveals "workers knocking on doors to collect information have faced 29 threats involving a gun, four robberies and three instances of being held against their will or carjacked.
The Census Bureau hired about 635,000 people to work as temps trying to secure information from those living in the US that failed to return their census forms.
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