A staffer for Republican Senator Katie Britt was robbed at gunpoint Thursday evening, Washington DC police confirmed.
According to FOX 5 DC, Amanda Peper, a scheduler for the senator, was robbed at gunpoint at 8:30 p.m. in the 1200 block of E Street, Northeast, on Thursday.
Police said Peper was walking toward her apartment building when she was approached by a man who pointed a gun in her face and told her, “Give me your purse and your keys.”
Peper complied with the car thief and gave him her belongings, police said.
Alabama Sen. Britt thanked police officers who responded to the scene, but said it was “infuriating and completely unacceptable” that her staffer was attacked. The Republican senator blamed the incident on “out of control” crime in Washington DC.
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“We thank God that she is safe after this terrifying incident, and we are grateful to the officers from the Capitol Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department who responded quickly and professionally to the scene,” the office said from Senator Britt in a statement to Fox. Digital News. “It is infuriating and completely unacceptable that an American who is at the Capitol to serve his country cannot safely walk the streets of Washington, D.C. at 8:30 at night due to the uncontrolled crime in this city.”
“Just look at the police department’s numbers: this year, thefts are up 68% and motor vehicle thefts are up 102%. “Local elected officials in the District of Columbia have a responsibility not only to their citizens, but to the country, to step up and control the crime crisis that is ravaging the streets of our nation’s capital,” added Senator Britt.
Sen. Britt’s staffer joins a growing list of Capitol Hill workers who have been attacked in recent months.
Earlier this month, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar was held up at gunpoint by three men.
“The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an armed carjacking that occurred around 9:30 p.m. in the Navy Yard neighborhood of Washington,” Capitol Police said. “The victim has been identified as a member of Congress, which is why USCP has investigators working with MPD on this case. No injuries have been reported. Detectives are working to locate the suspect.”
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In March, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said a member of its staff had been “brutally attacked”.
“Last weekend, a member of my team was brutally attacked in broad daylight in Washington, DC,” Paul said in a statement. “I ask that you join Kelley and me in praying for a speedy and full recovery and in thanking the first responders, hospital staff and police for their diligent actions.”
“We are relieved to learn that the suspect has been arrested. At this time, we ask for privacy so that everyone can focus on their healing and recovery,” he added.
In February, Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig was attacked in an elevator in her building before fighting off her attacker.
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The Democratic senator credited her morning coffee after she was unexpectedly attacked in the elevator of her Washington DC apartment.
Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie, Landon Mion and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.