Hours after Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game, Republican Rep. Brad Finstad disclosed that a member of his staff had been attacked at gunpoint outside Nationals Park in Washington, DC.
Finstad (R-Minn.) said the incident, in which the staff member was threatened and injured, was caused by Washington, DC’s “soft-on-crime policies.”
“Following Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game for Charity, one of my staffers was attacked outside of his residence by an armed gunman,” Finstad said in a statement on Friday.
“Thankfully, he will be able to make a full recovery and the extent of his physical injuries was minor. I thank the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and their attention to this incident.”
The Hill has obtained a public incident record that states that the staffer was walking home at 3 a.m. when “two males wearing black hoodies pushed him to the ground and pointed a black hand gun at him.”
The employee, who is in his late twenties, was able to escape the attackers without “giving them any of his belongings,” according to the article.
“At this time, there is no indication that the Staffer was targeted, however the case is under investigation by MPD,” a Capitol Police spokesperson told the outlet.
There have been no reported arrests in connection with the attack.
“In Washington, D.C. and cities across the country, anti-police, soft-on-crime policies have created lawless societies that endanger the public and empower criminal behavior,” Finstad said in his Friday statement.
“It’s time we started treating criminals like criminals and bring back commonsense policies that imprison career criminals, keep the public safe, and allow our police officers to adequately protect our communities and keep violent criminals off the streets,” the congressman added.
On the same street where Representative Angie Craig (D-Minn.) was attacked in February by a crazy suspect with a long rap sheet inside her apartment building’s lobby elevator, a worker for Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was stabbed in the face in broad daylight in March, sustaining life-threatening injuries.
In both cases, the suspects were taken into custody.