US Congresswoman Scanlon Carjacked at Gunpoint After Meeting in Philadelphia - Statement
© AP Photo / Mandel NganFILE - Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., speaks during a House Judiciary subcommittee on antitrust on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, in Washington. U.S. Rep. Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint by two men in a south Philadelphia park but wasn’t injured, police and her office said. Police said Scanlon, was walking to her parked vehicle after a meeting in FDR park shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, when two armed men demanded her keys.
© AP Photo / Mandel Ngan
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint after attending a meeting in a nearby park in Philadelphia, spokesperson Lauren Cox said in a statement.
“Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location. The Congresswoman was physically unharmed. She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in [Washington] DC and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.
Scanlon, a former civil rights lawyer, is a member of the Democratic party and represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. She serves on the Administration, Judiciary and Rules committees, and has been a representative since 2018.
A statement later given to CNN by the Philadelphia Police Department indicated that the congresswoman was approached by "armed males" who demanded the keys to her 2017 Acura MDX.
Approximately two individuals carjackers were involved in the incident, one of whom drove Scanlon's vehicle and another who drove away from the scene in a dark-colored SUV.
The FBI said in September that overall violent crime in the United States increased by 5.6% last year, with motor vehicle thefts rising 12% since the previous year.
Officials with the FBI are assisting in the ongoing investigation in the carjacking.