Former US senator Barbara Boxer assaulted and robbed in California

Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer was pushed from behind and stolen from her cell phone in Oakland on Monday, according to a message from her Twitter account.

Boxer, 80, was assaulted in the Jack London Square neighborhood.

“The attacker pushed her behind the back, stole her cell phone and jumped into a waiting car. She is grateful that she was not seriously injured,” the message read.

Oakland Police said an armed robbery on Third Street around 1:15 p.m. was under investigation, but police did not identify the victim in a statement.

Jack London Square is on the South Oakland waterfront, next to Alameda.

Boxer, a Democrat, served as a representative of the United States for 10 years, then a senator for 24 years, representing California.

Boxer was first elected to represent the United States in 1982. She was elected to the Senate in 1992.

She did not seek re-election in 2016.

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