Former Senator Barbara Boxer assaulted, robbed near Jack London Square

Barbara Boxer attends NARAL Pro-Choice's America's 24th San Francisco Power of Choice Luncheon 2019 on March 7th 2019 at The Fairmont Hotel SF in San Francisco, CA (Photo - Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

Former U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer said on social media that she was assaulted and robbed Monday afternoon near Oakland’s Jack London Square.

The 80-year-old Boxer was pushed in the back by an assailant who took her cell phone and then jumped into a waiting car, according to a post on her Twitter account.

“She is thankful that she was not seriously injured,” the post said.

Boxer served as a U.S. Senator from California from 1993 to 2017.

In response to inquiries, Oakland police would not name Boxer but released a statement saying that a robbery occurred in the area at 1:15 p.m., when a victim walking in the 300 block of 3rd Street was approached by a suspect.

“The suspect forcefully took loss from the victim, and fled in a nearby waiting vehicle,” police said in the short statement. “This incident is currently being investigated by the Oakland Police Department’s Robbery Section.”

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