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Former Dem. Sen. Barbara Boxer Robbed By Teens In Her Oakland Neighborhood

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Former U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-California) was mugged while she was taking a walk in her Oakland neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

The incident occurred at about 1:15 p.m. on July 26 in the 300-block of 3rd Street in the Jack London Square neighborhood, KTVU reported.

Boxer, who retired from politics after serving 24 years in the U.S. Senate and 10 years in Congress, said she was taking a walk by herself and talking on her cell phone when she was robbed.

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She said she noticed her would-be attackers about 30 seconds before they made their move, KTVU reported.

“I was walking around this neighborhood that I love so much,” Boxer explained.

She told KTVU that she noticed a black sedan double-parked and then a young man got out of it.

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“I tried to cross the street and get away and he slammed me on the back and reached across me,” Boxer described the robbery. “He was behind me and grabbed my cell phone out of my hand.”

She said the suspect who mugged her and the driver of the getaway car both looked like teenagers, KTVU reported.

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“I said how can you do this to a grandmother? I want to call my grandkids. Why are you doing this?” the retired politician recalled. “He could care less and got into the car and sped away.”

The 80-year-old Boxer said she was relieved she hadn’t fallen when she was pushed by the mugger, KTVU reported.

“My heart was pounding,” she said. “My hands were shaking. I was glad I was on my feet.”

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