Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia said Wednesday he was “appalled” by reports that U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was allegedly carjacked at gunpoint in his city earlier in the day.
“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, according to FOX 29 of Philadelphia.
“My thoughts are with her during what I’m sure is a traumatic time.”
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw and District Attorney Larry Krasner also commented on the alleged crime.
I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” Outlaw said, according to FOX 29. “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.”
Armed robberies are among the most serious crimes because of the danger they pose to victims and the fear they instill in communities,” Krasner added. “My office is ready to vigorously pursue accountability when these individuals are located by police and taken into custody.”
Scanlon, 62, was walking back to her parked SUV after attending a meeting when she was approached by two Black males who demanded her keys, authorities said. One suspect drove off in the congresswoman’s vehicle while the other left the scene in a separate vehicle, authorities said.
The congresswoman’s vehicle was later spotted in Delaware by state police and FBI personnel, according to reports. The vehicle was pulled over and five occupants riding inside were taken into custody, FOX 29 of Philadelphia reported.
Kenney, 63, a Democrat who has been Philadelphia’s mayor since January 2016, after serving on the city council, has seen crime spike in the city this year.
WASHINGTON — Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., was carjacked at gunpoint in a park in Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, her spokeswoman said in a statement.
The incident occurred around 2:45 p.m. at FDR Park in South Philadelphia, where Scanlon had been attending a meeting earlier, said the spokeswoman, Lauren Cox. Scanlon was unharmed, Cox said in a statement.
“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,” the statement said.
Two armed men approached Scanlon and demanded the keys to her vehicle — a blue 2017 Acura MDX. Scanlon surrendered the keys, and one of the two men drove off with her car. The second man entered a separate vehicle and followed the first man, Philadelphia police said.
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.
During the robbery in Philadelphia, several personal and work items were also taken with the vehicle.
“I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw.
Philadephia District Attorney Larry Krasner said earlier that his office was working with police to find the robbers.
“I am extremely grateful that Congresswoman Scanlon and an aide who was accompanying her were not physically harmed today,” Krasner said.
- Scanlon, who is in her second term, represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District, covering Delaware County, parts of south and southwest Philadelphia and small parts of Chester and Montgomery counties.