Democratic Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, 62, was robbed with a gun at FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon at about 2:45 p.m. She was physically unharmed.
According to WPVI-TV, she was returning to her Acura SUV after a meeting when two armed guys in an SUV approached her. The males demanded Scanlon’s keys before driving away with her car, identification, government and personal cell phones, and purse.
The Philadelphia Police Department sent a statement to CNN on Wednesday evening, according to the statement, “US Congress Woman Mary Gay Scanlon was walking to her car when she was approached. … The armed males approached the victim and demanded the keys to her vehicle — a blue 2017 Acura MDX. The victim handed over the keys to her vehicle, at which point one of the two offenders drove off in the victim’s vehicle; and was last seen on the 2000 Block of Pattisson Ave. The second offender entered a second dark-colored SUV and followed Offender #1. Several personal and work items were also taken with the vehicle.”
Lauren Cox, her spokeswoman, said in a statement to CNN: “The Congresswoman was physically unharmed. 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.”
Since 2018, Scanlon has served in the House of Representatives as a Democrat, and represents Pennsylvania’s 5th Congressional District. Parts of Philadelphia and its suburbs fall under her jurisdiction. She is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Rules and Management Committees.
Scanlon’s case comes after Philadelphia’s Wake-up District Attorney Larry Krasner said there was no ‘crisis of lawlessness.’ However, robberies have increased by 27% since 2020, and murder cases have set a new high this year.
She voted in favor of the George Floyd Justice in Policy Act, which several Republican members have criticized for offending police forces. She also tweeted several times in support of the movement.
Last year, Scanlon and Illinois Senator Kimberly Lightford endorsed police reform measures after the Black Lives Matter movement, they are co-sponsoring a bill in their offices that would allow mental health professionals to serve as first responders instead of cops.
According to law enforcement officials, on Wednesday night, FBI agents and state police arrested five persons, four men, and one woman connected with the Scanlon car heist.
The police department also stated that it is cooperating with the FBI, leading the probe.
“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.”