Did coffee save Minnesota’s Angie Craig from Kendrick Hamlin’s attack in Northeast, Washington DC?

Angie Craig, 50, has been a member of the United States House of Representatives from the second district of Minnesota, USA since January 3, 2019. She is a Democrat and a mother of four.

At around 7:15 a.m. on February 9, 2023, Craig entered the elevator of her apartment building in Northeast, Washington, D.C. and was followed by Hamlin Khalil Hamlin, 26, of no fixed address. Also known as Kendrick Hamlin, the homeless man allegedly did push-ups inside the elevator before punching the congresswoman once in the chin and grabbing her neck.


Craig defended herself by tossing hot coffee at Hamlin. She called 911 as he fled the scene.

There is no evidence that the attack was politically motivated, according to the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Hours after the attack, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 250-173 to overturn a revamping of Washington, D.C.’s criminal code, which lowered the maximum penalties for burglary, carjacking and robbery.

In the evening, Hamlin was arrested and charged with simple assault. The DC Police did not release details about how he was identified and located.


Born in West Helena, Arkansas, USA, Craig graduated from Nettleton High School in Jonesboro, Arkansas and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

In 2002, Craig moved to London, England. In 2005, she moved to Minnesota and started working at St. Jude Medical, a medical device company in Little Canada, Minnesota.

In 2016, Craig ran for U.S. Congress but lost to Jason Lewis, now 67. In 2018, she defeated him in their rematch, making her the first lesbian mother to serve in the U.S. Congress.

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