Rep. Angie Craig of Minnesota, who has served in Congress since 2019, was assaulted this morning in the elevator of her Washington, D.C. apartment building, according to her office.
According to a police report of the incident, Craig was grabbed by the neck and punched, forcing her to throw her hot coffee at the attacker to protect herself.
Craig “defended herself from the attacker and suffered bruising, but is otherwise physically okay,” her chief of staff, Nick Coe, said in a statement.“Rep. Craig called 911 and the assailant fled the scene of the assault,” Coe continued.
He added that there is currently “no evidence” that the incident against Craig, the first openly LGBTQ+ member of Congress from her state, was “politically motivated.”
“Rep. Craig is grateful to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and asks for privacy at this time,” Coe said.
The U.S. Capitol Police told NBC that the attacker is “believed to be homeless” and caused Craig a “minor injury to her chin.”
“At this time, there is no indication that the Congresswoman was targeted because of her position, however the case is still under investigation by both the MPD and the USCP,” the statement said.