U.S. Rep. Angie Craig was assaulted in the elevator of her Washington, D.C., apartment building Thursday morning, her office announced.
Craig, a Democrat representing Minnesota’s second district, defended herself from the attacker and suffered bruising but is otherwise “physically okay,” her chief of staff Nick Coe said.
“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,” Coe said.
Statement by Rep. Angie Craig's Chief of Staff: pic.twitter.com/YHXKJkuK42
— Angie Craig (@RepAngieCraig) February 9, 2023
According to a police report obtained by Politico, 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. Police were unable to locate the suspect and the incident remains under investigation.
“At this time, there is no information that the Congresswoman was targeted because of her position, however the case is still under investigation by both the MPD and the USCP,” Capitol Police told Politico.
Craig was reelected to a third term in Congress last November.