Recently, a Democrat representative in the House fell victim to a violent crime.
Representative Mary Gay Scanlon of Pennsylvania suffered from a carjacking at gunpoint near her Philadelphia district, though she was unharmed, according to her personal spokeswoman.
According to a statement from spokeswoman Lauren Cox, “Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location.” Scanlon had been leaving a tour alongside other members of the House.
The statement noted that Scanlon “was physically unharmed.”
Per Cox, Scanlon is grateful to the Philadelphia Police Department for its swift response to the carjacking, and she is also appreciative of both the local police department and the Sergeant-at-Arms in DC “for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety.”
After Scanlon left the aforementioned meeting, two different armed men approached her as she strode towards her 2017 Acura MDX. The criminals demanded the keys for Scanlon’s car and subsequently tore down the road after receiving them, per reports from the police.
Shortly after the incident, five suspect were subsequently taken into custody after state police found them traveling along the roadways in Scanlon’s stolen car. The Delaware police, who were working in conjunction with the FBI, noticed the SUV driving near Christiana Mall in Newark, New Jersey, per reports from WPVI-TV of Philadelphia.
Of the five suspect, four were males and one was female, as reported by FOX 29 of Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is also working in conjunction with the FBI, which has subsequently taken the lead in the investigation, as detailed by Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw to Newsmax.
According to Outlaw, she is “relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured,” and she added that her thoughts were with the congresswoman’s family “during this difficult time.”
The PPD also intends to “continue to provide any support [necessary] in this case,” as well as “work diligently alongside our federal partners to assist in bringing [the criminals] responsible to justice.”
The Mayor of Philadelphia, Democrat Jim Kenney, noted that “everyone deserves to feel safe in [Philadelphia],” though that “sadly … hasn’t been the case this year.”
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