Police arrest a homeless man accused of assaulting Rep. Angie Craig.
Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a homeless man who they say hit Rep. Angie Craig (D-Minnesota) and grabbed her by the neck in the elevator of her apartment building.
Kendrick Hamlin, also known as Hamlin Khalil Hamlin, was charged with simple assault in connection with the attack on Thursday morning, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a press release Thursday evening.
According to a police report, Hamlin, 26, behaved “erratically” in the lobby of Craig’s northeast D.C. building before he entered an elevator with her and allegedly attacked the congresswoman.
Hamlin was reportedly doing push-ups in an elevator before he punched Craig, 50, once on the chin and grabbed her by the neck, the report said, adding that the third member of the House defended himself by throwing hot coffee at the man.
“Rep. Craig defended herself against her attacker and was bruised, but otherwise physically fine,” Craig’s chief of staff, Nick Coe, said Thursday.
“There is no evidence that the incident was politically motivated,” he added.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said On Thursday, he spoke to Craig after the attack and that she was “doing well.”
“Angie is as tough as a rock — she immediately went back to work and voted in the House of Representatives. I’m glad I met her this morning and found out she’s doing well,” Waltz said.
Hours after the attack on Craig, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted 250 to 173 to repeal a revision of the D.C. penal code that reduced maximum penalties for burglary, auto theft and robbery. Craig joined 31 Democrats who voted in favor of the measure.
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