U.S. Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon Carjacked In Philadelphia

On Wednesday afternoon, Democratic Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was the victim of an armed carjacking in South Philadelphia.

Police say it happened in FDR Park after a tour that included members of Congress.

Scanlon was walking to her parked vehicle and was approached by two men driving a dark-colored SUV.

Both men, who were armed, demanded the keys to her vehicle, police say. They took off with her blue 2017 Acura MDX. Scanlon was not injured.

In a statement, her office said she “thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in D.C. and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety.”

“I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said. “The PPD will continue to provide any support needed in this case and will work diligently alongside our federal partners to assist in bringing those responsible to justice.”

Scanlon represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, which includes part of South Philadelphia.

Mayor Jim Kenney said he was “appalled” to learn about this crime.

“It’s disheartening, and quite frankly infuriating, that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of tranquility and peace-one of Philadelphia’s beautiful parks,” Kenney said in a statement. “My thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time.

Both the FBI and Philadelphia police are investigating, with the FBI taking the lead.

UPDATE:

Scanlon’s Acura was found at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, around 9 p.m., and five people inside it were taken into custody, Delaware State Police said.

They were not immediately identified. The investigation is ongoing, and additional details will be released once they are available, state police said.

 

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