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Rep. Grace Meng Attacked, Robbed In Washington

In this Sept. 1, 2011 photo, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng reacts during an interview after a political rally in the Queens
In this Sept. 1, 2011 photo, state Assemblywoman Grace Meng reacts during an interview after a political rally in the Queens borough of New York. Meng is running against Assemblyman Rory Lancman and city Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley for the newly drawn sixth district, and would be the first Asian-American member of Congress from New York if she wins. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) was attacked and robbed in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, ABC-7's Jennifer Donelan reports.

Donelan tweeted Wednesday that Meng's purse was stolen "somewhere in the area of Eastern Market."

WJLA reports Meng was hit over the head during the incident:

Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), who represents the 6th congressional district in Queens, was hit over the head and robbed of her Gucci handbag. She was injured, but it's unclear whether she was transported to the hospital.

A suspect has not been identified.

U.S. Capitol Police and Metropolitan Police are investigating.

Meng made history in November 2012 when she became the first Asian-American elected to represent New York in Congress.

UPDATE -- 4:47 p.m.: Meng's office said "she has resumed regular activities" after being robbed:

Meng was walking towards her Washington apartment after having dinner at a D.C. restaurant when she was struck in the back of the head near Sixth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. As she fell to the ground, the perpetrator took her handbag, then fled on foot.

“While this was a frightening ordeal, I fortunately was not seriously injured,” said Meng. “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.”

The Congresswoman suffered a bruise on her chin and underwent a CAT scan at George Washington University Hospital.

Meng is a freshman lawmaker representing the New York City borough of Queens.

CORRECTION: This post has been updated to state Meng is a Democrat, not a Republican. The spelling of her name has also been corrected.

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