New York Congresswoman Attacked, Robbed In Washington, D.C.


Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY) was attacked and robbed in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night.

Meng, a first-term congresswoman representing New York’s 6th congressional district, was struck in the back of the head as she was walking to her apartment after dinner at a local restaurant. The attacker took her handbag and then fled on foot, her office announced.

“While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured,” Meng said in a statement. “Obviously, things could have been much worse. I thank the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Police for responding quickly and professionally.”

Meng suffered a bruise on her chin and received a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.

The U.S. Capitol Police are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests yet, a spokesperson told TPM.

Eric Lach contributed reporting.  


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