Rep. Angie Craig Assault Suspect Is Detained By Dc Police- Rep. Angie Craig, D-Minn., was attacked on Thursday morning in her Washington, D.C., apartment complex, her office reported later that day. Since then, authorities have detained a suspect.
Nick Coe, Rep. Craig’s director of staff, said, “This morning, about 7:15 a.m., Rep. Craig was assaulted in the elevator of her apartment building.” He continued, “Rep. Craig defended herself from the attacker and had some bruises but is generally in good physical condition.
According to Coe, when Craig, who has served as the 2nd Congressional District’s representative since 2019, dialled 911, the assailant left the area. He claimed there was no proof the assault had political undertones.
Rep. Craig requests privacy now and thanks the DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) for their prompt response, according to Coe.
Kendrick Hamlin, 26, was detained by the MPD on Thursday and was given a simple assault charge. Thursday night, it was uncertain whether he was still detained or when he would show up in court.
According to a police report acquired by ABC News, the argument started after Craig reported observing a man behaving strangely in her apartment complex, as though “he was under the influence of an unknown narcotic.”
According to the police report, Craig claimed that after greeting the suspect with “good morning,” she proceeded to the elevator, where the suspect followed her and began performing push-ups.
The congresswoman said to police that the suspect “punched her on the chin area of her face with a clinched hand and then grabbed her neck.”
According to the complaint, Craig repelled him by throwing hot coffee on him, and he fled before police could apprehend him.
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Democratic Minnesota Governor Tim Walz stated Thursday afternoon that he had spoken with Craig and that she was doing OK.
In Washington, D.C., at a governor’s event hosted by Politico, Walz stated, “Angie’s a dear friend of mine.” “She represents a portion of the district that once comprised my own when I was a member of Congress. She briefly discussed this when I was able to chat with her this morning. We are unsure of its political motivation at this time.”
Walz went on, “Angie should be physically well, in my opinion. No one is aware of the trauma she is going through right now, you know.”
Although Craig’s office claimed that the incident did not appear to be political, officials have seen a significant increase in threats against MPs in recent years.
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According to figures provided by the U.S. Capitol Police, a record-breaking 9,625 such threats were reported in 2021, while 7,501 threat cases were looked into by Capitol Police in 2022.
U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger stated last month that “the threats against Members of Congress are still too high.”
The House sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police have been asked to work with Craig to “ensure that Angie and her family are safe while in our nation’s capital and at home in Minnesota,” according to a statement from House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries, who called the attack on Craig a “terrifying assault.”
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