Homeless Assailant Kendrid Khalil Hamlin Sentenced After Guilty Plea in Rep. Angie Craig Attack

Kendrid Khalil Hamlin, a 27-year-old homeless man, has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for assaulting Democratic Rep. Angie Craig earlier this year.

Hamlin pleaded guilty to physically assaulting the Minnesota congresswoman in the elevator of her Washington, D.C. apartment building on February 9, 2023.

Details of the Assault:

Incident Overview:

Hamlin was sentenced after attacking Rep. Craig, 51, when she declined his request to use the restroom in her apartment building.

The assault took place in the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood of D.C. around 7:15 p.m. on a Wednesday.

Assault Details:

During the attack, Hamlin punched Rep. Craig in the face, grabbed her by the neck, and prevented her from reaching the elevator’s keypad.

In self-defense, Craig threw a cup of hot coffee at Hamlin, allowing her to escape.

The assault occurred in the lobby of her apartment building.

Response and aftermath:

Following the incident, Rep. Craig’s chief of staff, Nick Coe, confirmed that she suffered bruising but was otherwise physically okay.

Coe emphasized that there was no evidence of political motivation behind the assault.

Rep. Craig expressed gratitude to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and requested privacy.

Police Report Details:

The police report highlighted that Hamlin, then 26, was acting erratically and performing push-ups in the elevator before assaulting Rep. Craig.

The congresswoman described the assailant as acting as if he were on drugs.

Craig promptly called 911 as Hamlin fled the building and was later located and taken into custody.

Legal Proceedings and Sentencing:

Guilty Plea and Sentencing:

Hamlin pleaded guilty to the assault, leading to his sentencing to more than two years in prison.

The court determined the appropriate punishment for the homeless man’s attack on Rep. Angie Craig.