Wagswoofs – Federal authorities have announced that the man from the District who assaulted a Congresswoman in the elevator of her Northeast DC apartment building will be serving time behind bars.
In one of this year’s incidents, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig was attacked and a pair of police officers were assaulted by Kendrid Khalil Hamlin, who has now been sentenced to 27 months in prison, followed by 36 months of supervised release.
Reportedly, an incident occurred inside a building on H Street NW on Thursday, February 9th, shortly after 7 a.m.
According to the police, the attacker was seen by Craig in the lobby behaving erratically before the assault took place.
As she entered the elevator to go to her apartment, she greeted Hamlin with a pleasant “good morning”. However, to her surprise, Hamlin joined her in the elevator and began doing push-ups without any prior warning or explanation.
During the incident, the Congresswoman was punched in the chin and had her neck grabbed. She managed to break free from her attacker, Hamlin, by using hot coffee. Although officers were called to the scene, they were not able to immediately apprehend Craig’s assailant despite conducting a thorough search of the area.
Members of the Metropolitan Police Department were able to apprehend Hamlin, who was identified as a suspect in the case. However, during the process, Hamlin committed assault on at least two of the officers.
According to Craig’s Chief of Staff Nick Coe, there is currently no indication that the attack was carried out for political reasons.
In a statement released earlier today, it was reported that Rep. Craig had been assaulted in the elevator of her apartment building in Washington, DC around 7:15 a.m. According to the statement, she defended herself from the attacker, resulting in some bruising, but fortunately, she is physically alright.
According to Coe, Representative Craig immediately called 911 and the attacker left the location of the aggression. Coe added that the Representative is thankful to the DC Metropolitan Police Department for their prompt action and would like to request privacy for the time being.
Hamlin admitted to committing the offense of assaulting a member of Congress and two counts of assaulting law enforcement officers, as he pleaded guilty.
Federal officials stated that Hamlin had admitted in court to willfully assaulting a member of the House of Representatives, resulting in personal injury. In addition to this, Hamlin also confessed to assaulting a detective and a police officer from the Metropolitan Police Department on the same day.