Democratic Rep. Grace Meng of New York announced Wednesday that she was mugged and robbed by a purse snatcher near Capitol Hill Tuesday night but was not seriously injured.
According to a statement released by her office Meng was walking toward her apartment after having dinner at a D.C. restaurant when she was struck in the back of the head. As she fell to the ground, the assailant took her handbag, then fled on foot, her office said.
"While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured," said Meng in the 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."
According to her office, the 38-year-old congresswoman suffered a bruise on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.
Meng is a freshman lawmaker representing the New York City borough of Queens.