Posted on July 28, 2021

Former California Senator Barbara Boxer Assaulted, Robbed in Oakland’s Jack London District

KPIX, July 27, 2021

Former California Senator Barbara Boxer was assaulted and robbed near Oakland’s Jack London Square Monday.

A post on Boxer’s Twitter page said, “The assailant pushed her in the back, stole her cell phone and jumped into a waiting car. She is thankful that she was not seriously injured.

The strong-armed robbery happened near her home around 1:15 p.m. Monday afternoon. {snip}

The 80-year-old Boxer later told KPIX 5 she was shaken up, but otherwise unhurt. Boxer said she walked a couple of blocks to a Verizon store after the robbery to call police.


The two assailants appeared to be younger than 18 years old; one was the driver, one was the attacker, Boxer said.


Boxer said she addressed her attackers before they departed.

“I said, ‘Why would you do this to a grandma?’ I was yelling at the kid as he was running with my phone,” she chuckled. “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.”

Police were looking for a black sedan. A police source tells KPIX the teens were involved in several other burglaries and attacks in recent days.


Boxer retired in 2017. But she says she’s still working behind the scenes to advocate for young people.


Police are still looking for the teenage boys. They did not release any suspect descriptions.