Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC Anchor, Mugged En Route to Studio

Mika Brzezinski, one of MSNBC’s morning news anchors, was mugged on her way to the studio this morning.

Brzezinski says a man approached her while she was standing outside a well-known Washington hotel early in the morning and waiting for a driver to pick her up. Brzezinski co-hosts the “Morning Joe” program, which is normally based in New York City but was broadcasting from D.C. this week.

Mika Brzezinski discussed the incident on the MSNBC morning show when her co-host, Joe Scarborough, brought it up to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty — who just happened to be that day’s guest. He questioned how safe the city really was as America prepares for the Barack Obama inauguration, which is expected to draw record crowds to the D.C. area.

Brzezinski said the man walked across the street toward her and asked for $20, telling her if she handed over the money, nothing would happen. Brzezinski handed the man the $6 in cash she had, she said.

“Mayor it was six dollars, it’s okay,” Brzezinski said on the program. “I love that hotel. I’ll need six dollars before I leave the bureau is all.”

The mayor promised the incident would be fully investigated.