A Congresswoman Updates: In a daylight carjacking in Philadelphia, a US congresswoman’s car and goods were kidnapped from her at gunpoint. Mary Gay Scanlon’s car was discovered around 45 miles (72 kilometres) away in Newark, Delaware, on Wednesday night, authorities said, with five suspects inside.The burglars also grabbed Ms Scanlon’s government phone and ID. According to her campaign, the Democrat was not hurt.No charges have been filed against the suspects as of yet.
In the past year, Philadelphia, like many other US cities, has seen an increase in violent crime.The robbery, which occurred at 14:45 local time (19:45 GMT) on Wednesday, was dubbed “appalling” by city Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, in a statement.
According to the police, the suspects are being processed. There haven’t been any additional announcements.
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Mrs. Scanlon was strolling alone back to her 2017 Acura MDX after visiting FDR Park in south Philadelphia, which is part of her congressional district.
Her office claimed she was there for a business meeting. Two armed men inside a dark-colored SUV demanded her keys and possessions.
Brendan Boyle, a Democratic congressman from Philadelphia, tweeted, “She’s Philly tough so I know she’ll be OK!”. Carjackings have surged by 80 percent in Philadelphia since 2021, according to CBS News.
In the city renowned as the City of Brotherly Love, gunpoint robberies have increased by 27% since 2020.According to the Wall Street Journal, there have been a total of 544 killings in Philadelphia this year, up from 347 in 2019.
Mrs. Scanlon, who was elected to Congress in 2018, has co-sponsored a measure that would send mental health professionals to 911 calls “instead of law enforcement officers.”
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Her robbery in Philadelphia comes less than 24 hours after another US legislator was kidnapped in a Chicago suburb at gunpoint. State Senator Kimberly Lightford, a Democrat from Illinois, and her husband were allegedly robbed at gunpoint in their Mercedes SUV on Tuesday night, according to investigators.
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