Ex-U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer was victimized by assault and robbery on Monday in Oakland’s Jack London Square, according to her representatives.
“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,” her representatives tweeted.
It was confirmed by the Oakland police that the victim was robbed at around 1:15 p.m. while she was walking in the 300 block of 3rd Street. Authorities, however, did not identify the victim.
“The suspect forcefully took loss from the victim, and fled in a nearby waiting vehicle,” the police’s statement said.
“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,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s spokesperson Justin Berton told KRON4.
The incident is currently being investigated by the Robbery Section of the Oakland Police Department.
A $2, 000 reward was placed by officials for any information that will lead to the suspect/s’ arrest.
The OPD’s Robbery Section has opened its line at 510-238-3326 or the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 510-777-8572 for anyone with information regarding the case.
Boxer became the U.S. Senate representative of California from 1993 to 2017 and served for a decade in the House of Representatives.