Representative Mary Gay Scanlon Is Carjacked in Philadelphia

Five teenagers were arrested in Delaware on Wednesday after they were found in a car that was stolen from Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, who was not harmed, the authorities said.

Five teenagers were arrested in Delaware on Wednesday after they were found in a car that was stolen from Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, who was not harmed, the authorities said.

Five teenagers were arrested in Delaware on Wednesday night after they were found inside a stolen car belonging to Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, who was carjacked earlier that day in Philadelphia, the authorities said.

Ms. Scanlon, Democrat of Pennsylvania, was unharmed in the carjacking, during which she was robbed at gunpoint around 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday after leaving a meeting at FDR Park in South Philadelphia, her office said in a statement.

“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 P.D. to ensure her continued safety,” the statement said.

At around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Ms. Scanlon’s blue 2017 Acura MDX was found in Newark, Del., about 40 miles from where it was stolen, the Delaware State Police said in a statement.

Ms. Scanlon had been walking to her car when she was approached by two people, the Philadelphia police said in a statement. They were armed and demanded the keys to Ms. Scanlon’s car, the police said. She handed over her keys, and then one of the attackers drove off in the car while the other got in an S.U.V. and followed the stolen car, the police said.

“I am relieved that Congresswoman Scanlon was not physically injured, and my thoughts are with her during this difficult time,” Philadelphia’s police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw, said in the statement. “The P.P.D. 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.”

Ms. Outlaw said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had taken the lead in the investigation. The F.B.I. confirmed that its Philadelphia Violent Crimes Task Force was working with the police on the investigation but did not provide additional details.

The Delaware State Police said that the five suspects were all from Wilmington, Del. One of them, Josiah Brown, 19, who the State Police said in a statement had been “involved in the armed carjacking,” was in the custody of the F.B.I. for formal charging. The others, ages 13, 14, 15 and 16, were charged with receiving stolen property. The 15-year-old also was charged with resisting arrest and criminal mischief, the state police said.

As of Sunday, there had been nearly 2,300 gunpoint robberies in Philadelphia in 2021, an increase of 28 percent compared with the same period last year, when there were 1,775, according to police data. The number of gunpoint robberies in 2020, the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, was unusually low. In the five previous years, 2,163 to 2,885 gunpoint robberies were reported annually in the city, according to police data.

Philadelphia’s district attorney, Larry Krasner, said in a statement he was grateful that Ms. Scanlon and an aide who was with her during the carjacking were not harmed. “Armed robberies are among the most serious crimes because of the danger they pose to victims and the fear they instill in communities,” Mr. Krasner said.

Ms. Scanlon took office in November 2018 after a special election. Her district includes Delaware County and parts of South Philadelphia, Chester County and Montgomery County.

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