The wife of the U.S. senator who oversees the Justice Department’s anticrime budget was abducted by two men yesterday from her northern Virginia home. They forced her at knifepoint to drive to a bank to withdraw cash for them, the Washington Post says.
The victim was Kathleen M. Gregg, 52, wife of Republican Senator Judd Gregg of New Hampshire, who chairs the subcommittee that passes on the Justice Department’s budget. When she returned home from a shopping trip, she was confronted by the two men. Police said the same men attempted similar crimes yesterday and Monday in northern Virginia, but two potential female victims avoided being abducted.
Police in Fairfax County, Va., said they had no reason to think the robbers knew they were victimizing a senator’s wife.
One robber ordered Gregg into her family car and demanded that she go to the bank. A second man followed in a stolen car. The first man accompanied Gregg into the bank, where she withdrew an undisclosed amount of cash; the man grabbed it and ran out.