Crime & Justice

US Congresswoman carjacked in Philadelphia, escapes unhurt physically

Washington, Dec 22 (EFE).- A United States congresswoman was carjacked at gunpoint on Wednesday after she left a meeting in South Philadelphia, her office said.

At least two armed men attacked Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat, while she was walking to her car after attending a meeting in a park in the south of the city, her office said in a statement.

“The Congresswoman was physically unharmed,” the statement said.

“She thanks the Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in DC and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.

The Philadelphia Police Department, in a statement to The Hill, said that the assailants traveled in a dark SUV.

The suspects, aged between 20 and 30, reportedly demanded the keys to the car of the 62-year-old lawmaker.

One of the men drove off with Scanlon’s blue 2017 Acura MDX. The other then got into a dark SUV and followed his accomplice.

“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.

“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.” EFE


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