New York Congresswoman Attacked, Robbed in D.C.

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens)
Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens)

Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) was attacked and robbed while walking to her Washington D.C. apartment after dinner on Capitol Hill Tuesday, her spokesperson confirmed.

Meng, who took over Democrat Gary Ackerman’s redrawn sixth congressional district following his retirement last year, resumed regular activities Wednesday after suffering a bruised chin and undergoing a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.

“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.”

The freshman congresswoman was walking to her apartment after leaving a D.C. restaurant when she was knocked to the ground after she was struck in the back of the head near Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, according to her office.

Meng’s attacker took her handbag and fled on foot.