Rep. Grace Meng Back to Work After Getting Mugged

Nov 20, 2013 6:49pm

New York Democratic Rep. Grace Meng has resumed regular legislative activities after being mugged Tuesday night on Capitol Hill.

Meng, 38, was walking in Eastern Market toward her Washington apartment after finishing dinner at a D.C. restaurant when she was struck in the back of the head near Sixth Street, SE, and Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, according a release issued by her office. As she fell to the ground, the perpetrator took her handbag, and then fled on foot.

Aides did not immediately respond to inquiries about the contents of Meng’s hand bag.

Lt. Kimberly Schneider of the U.S. Capitol Police confirmed that the department  is leading an active, open investigation regarding this incident, but no arrests have been made.

“While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured,” Meng wrote 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, a freshman lawmaker representing the New York City borough of Queens, suffered a bruise on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital. Results from that test were not made public.

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