Congresswoman Mugged on Capitol Hill

NYC's Grace Meng left bruised, disoriented

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 21, 2013 12:46 AM CST | Updated Nov 21, 2013 1:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Freshman lawmaker Rep. Grace Meng was shaken up but escaped serious injury in a mugging near her Capitol Hill home Tuesday evening, her office says. She was hit in the head and knocked to the ground by an attacker as she was walking home after dinner with a friend, Politico reports. Meng, whose handbag was stolen, was disoriented when police officers arrived and was taken to hospital for a CAT scan.

Meng—the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York—suffered bruising and swelling to the back of her head and minor injuries to her knee, hand, and face, but was back at work the next afternoon, saying she was "just taking it a little slower today," the Washington Post reports. "I’m from New York City and I have not been mugged like that," she said. "But the Capitol Police were great, the DC Police Department was very helpful." No arrests have been made but police say an "active, open investigation" is under way.

Grace Meng is the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Grace Meng is seen during her swearing-in earlier this year.   (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
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