Congresswoman Mugged: NYC's Grace Meng Robbed in DC

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Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 07:25 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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There are no suspects after U.S. Rep. Grace Meng of New York City was mugged on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. She was knocked down and was robbed of her handbag.

Meng, a freshman congresswoman from Queens, sustained minor injuries, including a bruise on her chin, while doctors at George Washington University Hospital ordered a CAT Scan for her, according to Politico.

"While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured," Meng said in a statement on her website Wednesday. "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."

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The statement noted that the congressman was able to return to work on Wednesday after she was released from George Washington University Hospital.

"The (Capitol Police) is currently leading an active, open investigation regarding this incident," said Capitol Police spokeswoman Kimberly Schneider Wednesday, according to Politico. "No arrests have been made."

The Washington Post reported that Meng missed the first two votes on Wednesday but made it to Capitol Hill to cast all of her afternoon votes.

She told reporters Wednesday evening, according to the Washington Post, that she was "just taking it a little slower today. I’m from New York City and I have not been mugged like that. But the Capitol Police were great, the D.C. Police Department was very helpful."

Meng told the Post that law enforcement was able to take fingerprints from an old cellphone that had fallen out of her purse during the attack in the Eastern Market area.

"Maybe they’ll see something," she said to reporters, according to the Post.

The Post reported that it was the second attack on a congress person in Washington, D.C., in the past two months. The newspaper said in October, Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy was assaulted by a bystander in the Longworth House Office Building on his way to a vote.

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"A random individual, unknown to the congressman, began screaming at him and grabbed his arm," Duffy's spokeswoman Cassie Smedile said about the October incident, according to Roll Call. "Mr. Duffy was unharmed. He reported the incident in compliance with House security procedures. Congressman Duffy has requested no further action be taken and there will be no further comment on the matter at this time."

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