U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA), was carjacked at gunpoint despite her aggressive support for police reforms throughout the nation following the death of George Floyd.
According to Fox News, the representative was accosted in Philadelphia on Wednesday in what many are calling part of a massive crime wave that has swept the nation.
“Wednesday afternoon, at around 2:45 p.m., Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location,” Scanlon’s office said in a statement.
“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.”
WPVI-TV of Philadelphia reported that Scanlon’s phone and purse were taken by her attacker and police say that she was approached and attacked by two Black males aged 20-30.
Thus far, the Philadelphia Police Department has reported 521 homicides for the year 2021, which is a 13 percent increase compared to 2020 and is a 14 year high for the city.
Additionally, there has been an 80% increase in carjackings in 2021 police told FOX 29 earlier this month.
Scanlon joined Illinois’ Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Lightford as part of Democrat officials who support police reform and have suffered carjackings as crime surges throughout the nation.
“First and foremost, I am thankful that my husband and I are alive and physically unharmed,” Lightford said in a statement. “I am trying to process the trauma of what happened. I want to thank everyone who has offered their love and support. I want to especially thank Mayor Katrina Thompson and the Broadview Police Department for their quick and thorough response.”