The DC Metropolitan Police Department announced Thursday night that a suspect has been arrested in the assault of U.S. Rep. Angie Craig.
Craig’s office said the congresswoman was attacked in the elevator of her Washington, D.C., apartment building around 7:15 a.m.
“Rep. Craig called 9-1-1 and the assailant fled the scene of the assault. There is no evidence that the incident was politically motivated. Rep. Craig is grateful to the DC Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and asks for privacy at this time,” her office said in a statement.
According to a police report, Craig observed the suspect “acting erratically” in the apartment lobby. The suspect entered the elevator with Craig, began doing pushups, and then punched Craig in the chin and grabbed her neck, the report says.
Craig threw her hot coffee at the suspect and ran away.
“We are very grateful that she is safe and recovering, but appalled that this terrifying assault took place,” House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries told Politico.
Police announced Thursday night that they arrested 26-year-old Kendrick Hamlin, who is homeless. He was charged with simple assault.
Craig was reelected to a third term in Congress last November. She represents Minnesota’s second district, which covers the south metro area.