Queens Congresswoman Grace Meng Attacked and Robbed in D.C., Police Say

By James Fanelli on November 20, 2013 7:08pm 

 Congresswoman Grace Meng was mugged Tuesday night while walking home to her Washington, D.C., apartment, police said.
Congresswoman Grace Meng was mugged Tuesday night while walking home to her Washington, D.C., apartment, police said.
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FLUSHING — Congresswoman Grace Meng was knocked unconscious and robbed Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. while walking back to her apartment after dinner at a restaurant, police said.

The mugger struck the Queens lawmaker on the back of the head about 8:30 p.m., knocking her to the ground. Police told the Washington Post that the attacker snatched her black Gucci handbag before fleeing.

Meng, 38, who is in her freshman term as a U.S. Representative from Flushing, suffered a bruise on her chin and was disoriented when responding officers arrived at the scene, according to police.

She was treated at George Washington University Hospital, where she underwent a CAT scan, according to a statement from her office.

Despite the injuries, she returned to her legislative duties on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon, voting on some procedural matters in the House Chamber.

“I’m from New York City, and I have not been mugged like that,” Meng told the Washingon Post.

In a statement released by her office, she thanked local police for their assistance.

“While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured,” said Meng. “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.”

As of Wednesday night, no arrests have been made in the case.

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