This past Monday evening, Barbara Boxer, a former senator, was the victim of an assault and was robbed in Oakland by two assailants who stole her cell phone.
Spokespeople for the former senator of California, who is now pushing 80 years old, shared an account of the assault against her on her Twitter.
“Earlier today former Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted in the Jack London Square neighborhood of Oakland. The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone, and jumped in a waiting car. She is thankful that she was not seriously injured,” posted her representatives this past Monday.
As reported by KPIX, the attack happened on Monday evening at around 1:15 P.M. Boxer stated to the outlet that after the attack she continued her walk a few blocks until she reached a Verizon store to seek help and waited for the arrival of the police. A worker at the store, Joseph Hauken, put forth his statement to the outlet that Boxer walked into the store, where he had just sold her the new iPhone two days prior to it being stolen.
“I just knew that she was shaking, very scared, traumatized. Just in distress, emotional distress. So I just was here to help her, get her water, whatever she needed,” stated Hauken.
In her statement to the outlet, Boxer stated that she had not been physically hurt in the attack.
“I’m really saddened by this experience because here is a grandma alone, on her phone, and two young people attacked,” she stated to KPIX. “I’m not hurt physically at all. I’m just shook up.”
Boxer went on to add that the two assailants had looked to be younger than 18 years old and that one was driving a getaway car while the other proceeded in the assault of her.
“Well, he pushed me very hard,” Boxer stated to the outlet. “It’s hard for me to describe what happened because it was so fast, but, when I started to move away from him, he came behind me, pushed me hard, and then before I could fall it was like he grabbed my phone in front, so it’s just hard to put all together.”
Boxer also stated that she told the attackers that she was a grandmother in the hope that they would back off and leave her alone, but the attempt fell on deaf ears.
“I said, ‘Why would you do this to a grandma?’ I was yelling at the kid as he was running with my phone,” she stated. “I said ‘I want to call my grandkids, why are you doing this?’ He could care less. He got in the car. But I hope he has some guilt.”
She went on to tell the outlet that even though she retired from the Senate floor back in 2017, she is still attempting to help young people.
“There’s not one silver bullet, okay? It’s a host of things we have to do, to give our kids hope in the future, to give them opportunity, the education, the jobs, all of those things, the after-school (programs). But also when they step out of line, go after them,” she added.