Kal Penn, Kumar from "Harold and Kumar," Robbed at Gunpoint in D.C.

Kal Penn poses in front of a movie poster as he arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of the film "Harold & Kumar: Escape from Guantanamo Bay", Thursday, April 17, 2008. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Kal Penn gets a painful lesson in libre wrestling in "Epic Movie."(AP/Twentieth Century Fox)
NEW YORK (CBS) Kal Penn, known for his portrayal of Kumar in the "Harold and Kumar" stoner flicks,  was robbed at gunpoint in northwest Wash., D.C. --  perhaps ironically on 4/20, a day held dear by marijuana devotees.

It was "a basic street robbery" and no one was hurt, according to an anonymous D.C. official who spoke to The Washington Post.

Penn was approached by a gunman around 1:30 a.m. near 15th and S streets in the Dupont Circle area, reports The Post. His wallet was stolen, among other belongings.

The actor began a stint at the White House last July, as associate director of public engagement.  He's served as a liaison facilitating relationships between President Obama and the Asian-American, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as arts groups, Penn told The Huffington Post.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Penn is preparing to leave that White House position.