As spikes in violent crime continue to terrorize residents in large cities all across the country, Democrat Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (PA) experienced a harrowing incident in South Philadelphia this week in which she was the target of a carjacking, as the Daily Caller reports.
In a statement describing the incident, the lawmaker’s office indicated that “Wednesday afternoon, at around 2:45 p.m., Congresswoman Scanlon was carjacked at gunpoint in FDR Park following a meeting at that location.”
Scanlon had been attending a meeting with other elected officials to address constituent concerns regarding development proposals for the park, returning alone to her vehicle, which was parked on the 1900 block of Pattison Avenue in the city.
The communication added that Scanlon did not sustain any injuries in the incident and that she was grateful for the swift response of the Philadelphia Police Department in the aftermath of the event, according to Fox News.
According to reports, Scanlon’s purse and phone were taken in the attack, and her 2017 Acura MDX vehicle was driven away by one of the assailants, both of whom were described as two Black males between the ages of 20 and 30.
On Thursday, a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer noted that a 19-year-old man from Wilmington, Delaware, was charged for his involvement in the carjacking, pleaded not guilty during a virtual arraignment, and remains in jail.
That suspect, Josiah Brown, was taken into custody roughly six hours after the carjacking of Scanlon, and he was arrested together with four other teens, three of whom have since been charged with receiving stolen property and released to guardians on $1,500 bond, with a fourth facing the same charge as well as additional counts of resisting arrest and criminal mischief, the Inquirer added.
Philadelphia has been in the grips of a serious crime wave dating back to the ascendancy of far-left, George Soros-backed District Attorney Larry Krasner, whose tenure has witnessed a record year for murders as well as a 24.7% increase in armed robberies, the Inquirer reported separately.
As the Daily Caller noted, despite presiding over a catastrophic rise in crime, Krasner defeated a primary challenger in May and was re-elected last month, perhaps again demonstrating the truth of Thomas Jefferson’s enduring admonition that “the government you elect is the government you deserve.”