Democratic Pennsylvania Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint following a meeting in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon, her spokeswoman announced.
“The congresswoman was physically unharmed” during the carjacking, communications director Lauren Cox said in a statement. “She thanks both 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.”
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Scanlon’s home district, Pennsylvania’s Fifth, includes Chester and Delaware counties, as well as the southern portion of Philadelphia where Roosevelt Park is located.
When reached for comment, a Philadelphia Police Department spokeswoman confirmed that law enforcement officials are searching for two African-American male suspects between the ages of 20 and 30. The spokeswoman added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking over the case.
“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 in a statement. “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. ”
Delaware State Police recovered Scanlon’s car at about 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night, and are currently questioning five suspects. None of the suspects have been charged with a crime, and the investigation is ongoing, law enforcement officials announced.
Philadelphia has suffered from skyrocketing crime rates since left-wing District Attorney Larry Krasner took office. The city set a record for most murders in a year in early December, up 13% year-over-year and double the total number of murders in 2016, the year before Krasner was elected to the position. (RELATED: Report: Philadelphia DA Brushed Off Crime Spike Hours After Mass Shooting)
Armed robberies have also increased 24.7% in 2021, although rapes are down 11%, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Krasner has downplayed the homicide increase, citing the decreased number of reported rapes as well as a decline in commercial burglaries.
“We don’t have a crisis of lawlessness, we don’t have a crisis of crime, we don’t have a crisis of violence,” he said on Dec. 6 while attempting to portray the increase in murder and armed robbery as related to gun control policy.
Krasner survived a primary challenge from former prosecutor Carlos Vega in May, and coasted to re-election against a Republican challenger in November, despite staunch opposition from the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.