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Pa. U.S. Rep. Scanlon car-jacked and robbed in Philadelphia

By: - December 23, 2021 7:37 am

Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District., said that because Republicans let the lie about the 2020 presidential election being stolen fester, “we’ve seen dedicated public servants from both parties pay the price.”

U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5th District, was carjacked and robbed on Wednesday afternoon after finishing a meeting in Philadelphia’s FDR Park, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, citing her office and city police. The suburban Philadelphia Democrat was not injured.

Scanlon was walking alone to her car around 2:45 p.m. on the 1900 block of Pattison Avenue, when two men approached her and demanded her car keys and personal belongings, a spokesperson told the newspaper.

According to the Inquirer, “Scanlon handed over her purse — including personal cell phone, federal government cell phone, and personal ID. One of the men then drove away in her 2017 Acura MDX, while his accomplice followed in what police described as a second dark-colored SUV.”

Scanlon’s Acura was found at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, around 9 p.m., and five people inside it were taken into custody, Delaware State Police said, according to NBC News.

In a statement, Scanlon thanked the “Philadelphia Police Department for their swift response, and appreciates the efforts of both the Sergeant at Arms in DC and her local police department for coordinating with Philly PD to ensure her continued safety.”

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John L. Micek
John L. Micek

A 3-decade veteran of the news business, John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. An award-winning political reporter, Micek’s career has taken him from small town meetings and Chicago City Hall to Congress and the Pennsylvania Capitol. His weekly column on U.S. politics is syndicated to 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. He also contributes commentary and analysis to broadcast outlets in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Micek’s first novel, “Ordinary Angels,” was released in 2019 by Sunbury Press.

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