Former California Sen. Barbara Boxer was assaulted and robbed in Oakland, according to reports

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-California). AP/Nick Ut
  • Former US Sen. Barbara Boxer was assaulted and robbed in Oakland on Monday, according to reports.
  • The account for the California Democrat, 80, tweeted that she was not seriously injured.
  • The Oakland Police Department confirmed that a strong robbery occurred in the area but declined to identify the victim.
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Former US Sen. Barbara Boxer, 80, was assaulted and robbed near Jack London Square in Oakland on Monday, according to reports a tweet from her account.

A tweet from her verified account said the former California lawmaker was pushed in the back by an assailant who stole her cell phone and jumped into a waiting car.

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

Boxer served as a US Senator from California from 1993 to 2017. Prior to her time in the Senate, the Democrat served as a California representative in the US House from 1983 to 1993.

An Oakland Police Department spokesperson confirmed to Insider that a strong robbery occurred in the area around 1:15 p.m. local time on Monday, but declined to identify the victim.

The victim was walking in the 300 block of 3rd Street when a suspect approached them and forcefully “took loss” from the victim before fleeing in a waiting vehicle nearby, the spokesperson said.

The Oakland Police Department’s Robbery Section is currently investigating the incident and the department is offering up to $US2,000 ($AU2,709) in reward money for information leading to an arrest in the case.