April 20th, 2010
06:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Actor turned White House aide mugged at gunpoint

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/20/art.penn.gi.jpg caption ="Actor and Obama administration aide Kal Penn was robbed early Tuesday morning in Washington."](CNN) – White House aide Kal Penn, the once and future actor, was robbed at gunpoint in Washington early Tuesday morning, according to two officials familiar with the matter.

Penn had his wallet and cell phone stolen, but officials stressed that he was not seriously injured in the incident that was initially reported by TMZ.com.

"He's fine," said one of the officials, who added that Penn reported for work at the White House. He works in the Office of Public Liaison and focuses on President Obama's outreach to the Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities.

Penn starred in the movie "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle" and recent reports have suggested he is itching to turn his attention back to acting soon.

White House officials referred all calls about the incident to the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington. A police spokesman said he could not comment on a law enforcement matter.

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  1. Brass

    Classic. Only the Criminals and the Secret Service have guns in DC. That crime rate is dropping like a rock in DC – NOT.....

    April 20, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Papasan in Az

    Welcome to our world Mr. Washington...
    Sucks to be one of the little people!

    April 20, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. Jared

    "Gunpoint" capitalized looks like a proper noun. Is this a suburb of DC?

    April 20, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. dan smith

    Hmm how many times have no talent hacks made up stories for free publicity?

    April 20, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    Probably one of those gun nuts in town for yesterday's party.

    April 20, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  6. Mike in NYC

    If a conservative is a liberal who's been mugged ...

    Naw, it wasn't anything bad, just some restless youfs acting out. Nothing that midnight basketball won't cure. Back to sleep, Kumar. It's still all good.

    April 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. Fitz in Texas

    Awwww yes Washington, where there's two types of criminals. The ones that rob you and call themselves 'politicians' and the ones that put the gun in your face on the street which we call thugs.

    April 20, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    You know what kind of sleeze hangs around when democrats get into office.

    April 20, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    Don't worry Kumar...someone in Washington is stealing our wallets too! Go back to acting.

    April 20, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  10. Obama the Liar

    Karma...America got mugged by his hero, the community organizer.

    April 20, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  11. john

    The fact that he has a PHD is never mentioned. I guess Acting trumps a PHD

    April 20, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. Kimo

    A new pro-gun, tighten the borders Republican is born.

    April 20, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  13. muchogroucho

    This guy was just in the news a day or two ago. It was announced that he has the intention of leaving his post and going back to acting and now he gets mugged by gun point. Somethings fishy!

    April 20, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  14. Daniel

    God bless the NRA and the fine job they are doing to help keep guns in the hands of every person in the United States.

    P.S. Why doesn't CNN have a sarcasm font?

    April 20, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  15. once upon a horse

    sure were a lot of folks in the Washington area carrying guns that day defending their right to bare arms, so I just wonder if..............

    April 20, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. phoenix86

    I'm glad he is ok, but turnabout is fair play. He spent his time with Obama mugging the American taxpayer.

    April 20, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  17. Tholidor

    A nice succinct piece about an unfortunate but not serious occurance.

    Right up until the last line: " A police spokesman said he could not comment on a law enforcement matter. " Excuse me, but what exactly is a police spokesman supposed to comment on?

    Now THATS redundant! lol

    April 20, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  18. joel

    Kumar got robbed, thats terrible.

    April 20, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. Roy

    You mean he is not safe from gun toting criminals in the Mecca of victim disarmament, the District of Criminals? Surely that thug who held him up knew he was breaking the law. Oh, I guess that gun control is really about controlling people and making victim rich environments.

    April 20, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  20. Terri

    Glad that he wasn't hurt. All else can be replaced.

    April 20, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  21. Alex

    So much for leaving Hollyweird and going to Washington.

    April 20, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Eddie B.

    Thank goodness they did not take his White Castles.

    April 20, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Welcome to DC just in time for you to return to CA.
    That must have been scary. Glad nothing happened.

    April 20, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Jeff of Peoria

    But there are NO GUNS in DC!!! They're illigal!! How can this be??

    April 20, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  25. DaveC

    Good! He wants to be a part of the White House mugging the American people. I'm glad he got a tast of how it feels. I hope it was one of the White House's beloved minorities or wonderful put upon illegal immigrants that got him. And I hope they get him again.

    April 20, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |