Kathleen Arberg, the court’s public information officer, said that after Justice Souter was attacked by “several young men,” he contacted Supreme Court police officers, who took him to Washington Hospital Center. He was examined there and sent home after several hours.
The attack took place around 9 p.m. Robbery was not involved, Ms. Arberg said.
Justice Souter, 64, is an avid jogger and hiker who runs regularly around the track at Fort Leslie J. McNair, an Army base near his apartment in the Southwest section of Washington. For security reasons, the court did not identify the precise location of the attack. Since the base is secure, it is likely that Justice Souter was attacked between there and his home.
Justice Souter’s attackers, who escaped, did not appear to be armed, Ms. Arberg said.