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Queens Rep. Grace Meng attacked, robbed in D.C.

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Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y. (U.S. House photo) Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y. (U.S. House photo)
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., was assaulted and robbed in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, her office confirmed.

Meng, 38, was walking to her Washington apartment after having dinner with a friend when an attacker hit her in the back of the head and stole her handbag as she fell to the ground, according to a news release from the Queens Democrat's staff.

"While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured," Meng said in the statement. "Obviously, things could have been much worse. I thank the U.S. Capitol Police and the District of Columbia Police for responding quickly and professionally."

She suffered a bruised chin and underwent a CAT scan, the news release said.

Meng said she didn't know if she was mugged by more than one person. She said police had recovered an old phone that was discarded from her purse and pulled fingerprints from it. She said she's never been mugged before.

"I have not -- you know, I'm from New York City and I have not been mugged like that," she said.

First elected to Congress in 2012, Meng -- who represents several neighborhoods including parts of Flushing, Forest Hills, Bayside, Elmhurst, Ridgewood -- returned to work Thursday.

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