Updated Feb 10, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Democratic Rep. Angie Craig says she's recovering in Minnesota after assault

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Rep. Angie Craig speaks at a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Feb. 2. Photo: Anna Moneymaker via Getty Images

Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) said Friday that she is recovering back home in Minnesota after she was assaulted in the elevator of her apartment building in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

Driving the news: The alleged assailant punched Craig in the face and grabbed her neck before the lawmaker tossed hot coffee at him, allowing her to flee.

  • She suffered bruising but is "physically okay" otherwise, according to her office.
  • She did, however, have a "visible abrasion" and minor bleeding on her lip, according to court documents filed Friday.
  • The alleged assailant had told Craig that he needed to go to the bathroom and "was coming to her apartment," per a statement of facts from a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
  • After Craig said no, the alleged attacker "became agitated," per the sworn statement, and assaulted her as she tried to leave the elevator.

What she's saying: "My morning coffee really saved the day yesterday, but not exactly how I expected it to," Craig said in a statement. "On a serious note, I will also say that I was very, very lucky that I was not more injured — and I'll have more to say about that soon."

  • "I feel very fortunate to have escaped following the attack," she added.
  • "[T]he outpouring of support from friends, constituents and colleagues has been overwhelming. [...] I remain deeply grateful to the law enforcement officers for their quick response and subsequent arrest of a suspect last night."

The big picture: In Friday's court records, U.S. Capitol Police said Kendrid Hamlin was charged with assaulting a member of Congress.

  • The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department had announced Hamlin's arrest on Thursday evening, saying he is 26-years-old and has "no fixed address." At the time, they spelled Hamlin's first name as Kendrick.
  • Police have not said the attack was politically motivated, but it comes after threats against federal lawmakers surged about 400% over the past six years.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional details from court records, including the spelling of Kendrid Hamlin's first name.

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