Former California Senator Barbara Boxer was mugged in Oakland Monday afternoon.
An official Tweet on Boxer's Twitter feed read, "Earlier today former Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone and jumped in a waiting car. She is thankful that she was not seriously injured."
A statement from Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf's office stated:, The Mayor was deeply troubled to learn of the assault and robbery of Sen. Boxer today. She spoke with the Senator’s family to extend her well wishes for a speedy recovery and was relieved to learn she was not seriously injured. OPD is investigating the incident and is working to collect any surveillance images from the area that will assist in their investigation..”
Boxer is 80 years old.
In a statement on the incident that didn't name Boxer, Oakland Police wrote
"The Oakland Police Department has received media inquiries regarding a strong robbery that occurred today. The Department can confirm at 1:15 PM, the victim was walking in the 300 block of 3rd Street, when they were approached by a suspect. The suspect forcefully took loss from the victim, and fled in a nearby waiting vehicle. This incident is currently being investigated by the Oakland Police Department’s Robbery Section. The identity of the victim is not being released.
"The Oakland Police Department and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $ 2, 000 dollars in reward money, leading to an arrest in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact OPD’s Robbery Section at (510) 238-3326 or the Crime Stoppers TIP LINE at (510) 777- 8572."
Boxer's Tweet was met with mostly supportive responses.
"So sorry to hear this happened to you. Sadly, Oakland and other Bay Area cities are experiencing an increase in these types of crimes. We all have to watch our backs and each other," wrote Karen Teitel.
"Sorry this happened to the Senator. I wish her well. While I like our current Senators, she was outstanding and is missed at a time when courage, fortitude and decency is so needed in the Senate," wrote Kevin.
Kia Cha wrote, " having been a victim of a strong-arm robbery, what are your thoughts about CA SB-82? Do you feel that robbery should be classified as as a non-violent felony if it was determined that a weapon was not used? During the incident, did you know if a weapon was used? "
E. Scanlan noted that things are much better in San Francisco, " How horrible. I’m sorry this happened to you. These thugs need to be stopped. I’m a native San Franciscan and I love The City, but am telling my out-of-town friends to just skip SF. It’s so ugly right now. "
Cheryl Grover wrote " I am also a huge fan of Barbara's. I am so glad she suffered no injury and hope the trauma of this passes quickly! I wish you would come back to us as a legislator! "
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