U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon Carjacked at Gunpoint in Philadelphia

Two armed men carjacked and robbed United States Representative Mary Gay Scanlon at gunpoint on Dec. 22 in a park in Philadelphia.

According to a statement from Scanlon’s office, the incident occurred in FDR Park at 2:45 p.m. after she finished a meeting.

Scanlon was “physically unharmed,” the statement said.

Lauren Cox, the spokesperson for Scanlon’s office, told Philadelphia Inquirer that Scanlon was walking alone to her car when two armed men approached her and demanded her car keys and personal belongings.

Scanlon handed her personal cell phone, federal government cellphone, and personal ID to the armed men, according to Cox.

According to local ABC affiliate WPVI-TV, the suspects were driving a dark-colored SUV and took off with Scanlon’s car.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Frank Vanore said that the suspects were last seen driving the car toward I-95 southbound, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Vanore also said the Federal Bureau of Investigation was assisting in the investigation, which remained in its early stages.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said he was “appalled” to learn of the incident.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe in our city, and sadly that hasn’t always been the case this year. It’s disheartening and infuriating that criminals feel emboldened to commit such a reckless crime in the middle of the day in what should be a place of peace — one of our city’s parks,” Kenny wrote on Twitter.

“We will not tolerate any acts of violence,” Kenney added.


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