Actress and model Ireland Baldwin was reportedly mugged over the weekend by a woman who left her with a bruised face.
The 24-year-old daughter of actor Alec Baldwin took to social media on Sunday to share photos of her injuries and warn her followers about the importance of remaining aware of one's surroundings. A woman, whom Baldwin described as "high out of her mind on drugs and desperate for cash," attacked her Saturday afternoon, she wrote alongside photos that show the bruising on her cheeks.
"She decked me in my face in a parking lot and took my belongings and jumped in a getaway car while her husband took off," she wrote. "All was sorted with the police and she was arrested. Luckily I had witnesses and got assisted really quickly."
Baldwin went on to explain that the mugging was likely related to the current pandemic, writing, "The cops told me this is happening frequently because people are desperate for money right now due to Coronavirus and people being out of work. There is a lot of theft and muggings going down."
She warned her followers to stay vigilent.
"Posting this to remind everyone to be really careful and watch your surroundings," she continued. "These are really difficult times and we need to look out for one another."
Baldwin did not name her attacker. She also did not specify where the attack took place, but TMZ reports that the assault occurred in New York City.
Ireland Baldwin is the only daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, who were married for almost 10 years before divorcing in 2002. Neither have commented publicly on their daughter's attack, but Alec Baldwin's wife, Hilaria Baldwin, wrote in a comment, “I’m so glad you are safe now. We love you.”
A number of Baldwin's A-list acquaintances also offered well wishes, with model Christie Brinkley writing, "Oh Nooooo! That’s awful all the way around! That looks painful, but I’m glad it wasn’t worse."
As the country continues to contend with the current pandemic, authorities have warned that criminals may use the current conditions to their benefit. For instance, a number of robbers have been using the face mask mandates to blend in with the general population before carrying out their crimes on unsuspecting victims, the Associated Press reported earlier this year.
"Criminals, they're smart, and this is a perfect opportunity for them to conceal themselves and blend right in," Richard Bell, a police chief from Pennsylvania, told the outlet.
However, with stay-at-home orders limiting social interaction earlier this year, reported crime in more than two dozen major U.S. cities saw a general decrease, according to an ongoing study conducted by a University of Pennsylvania professor.
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