Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia said in a statement that someone searching for him reportedly attacked two of his employees with a metal baseball bat at his district office on Monday.
The suspect was brought into custody by police, according to Democrat Connolly, and the two staff members who were hurt were transferred to the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.
According to Connolly’s office in Fairfax, one of the staff members, a senior assistant, was struck in the head. The other was struck in the side; she was an intern who had just begun working in the office.
— Rep. Gerry Connolly (@GerryConnolly) May 15, 2023
Xuan Kha Tran Pham, 49, of Fairfax, Virginia, was named as the suspect.
According to the U.S. Capitol Police, he is accused with one count of severe malicious wounding and one count of malicious wounding.
In addition to assaulting the employees, the perpetrator used the bat to destroy glass and smash computers in the business, according to Connolly’s office.
According to the police, the incident’s cause remains unclear.
Since 2009, the congressman has represented Virginia’s 11th District. His district encompasses the area to Washington, D.C.’s south.