Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon Carjacked in Philadelphia.. Democratic congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon was unharmed in the attack, which took place Wednesday afternoon
Pennsylvania Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon was carjacked in Philadelphia on Wednesday.
In a statement posted to her official Twitter account, Scanlon’s office confirmed that the attack took place at around 2:45 p.m., and the congresswoman was “unharmed.” The politician was leaving a meeting in FDR Park at the time of the incident.
“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 added.
Scanlon had been walking back to her car with a staffer when two men — both of whom were allegedly armed — approached them, ABC 6 reports.
Police said in a statement shared with PEOPLE that the two men allegedly “demanded the keys” to Scanlon’s blue 2017 Acura MDX. When she handed the keys over, one of the perpetuators allegedly drove away in her car, while the other followed in an SUV.
Authorities told CNN that Scanlon’s car was later located near a gym in Delaware. Police have since taken five suspects into custody in connection with the crime.