In accordance with Lauren Cox, her spokesperson, the congresswoman was not harm.
“Wednesday afternoon at 2:45 pm, Congresswoman Scanlon was kidnapped at gunpoint in FDR park after a gathering at this location. Cox said that the Congresswoman was unhurt.
The assertion said that “She thanked the Philadelphia Police Division and their immediate response and appreciated the efforts of each her native police division and the Sergeant at Arms (D.C.) for coordinating with Philly PD with a view to guarantee her continued security.”
5 suspects had been taken into police custody in Newark, Delaware at 9:59 p.m. They had been found in Scanlon’s Acura MDX in loads, Delaware State Police said. They weren’t recognized.
Scanlon was elected first to Congress in 2018 and represents the fifth Congressional District of Pennsylvania. This district contains some components of south Philadelphia.
Scanlon’s spokesperson confirmed that the perpetrators had taken Scanlon’s private gadgets, together with her government-issued cellphone and identification.
Jim Kenney, Philadelphia’s mayor launched an announcement condemning this incident.
“I used to be shocked to listen to in regards to the violent crime dedicated in opposition to Mary Homosexual Scanlon, a good friend and colleague. Everybody ought to really feel secure in our metropolis. Sadly, this hasn’t all the time been true. It’s disheartening and albeit irritating that criminals really feel empowered to commit such a reckless offense in the course of the afternoon in what ought to be tranquility and peace–one Philadelphia’s lovely parks,” he said in an announcement.
“I’m grateful she wasn’t bodily injured throughout this incident. My ideas and prayers are together with her throughout what I do know is a tough time. I’m additionally grateful that our cops are working arduous to search out violent criminals and get them off the streets. PPD is at the moment investigating the incident. We is not going to tolerate violence and we can not and gained’t tolerate it. Any info relating to this incident or some other crime will be despatched to PPD nameless tip line at 215-686-8TIP.