Mary Gay Scanlon: US congresswoman’s car and possessions snatched at gunpoint in Philadelphia

A US congresswoman had her car and possessions snatched from her at gunpoint in a daylight carjacking in the city of Philadelphia.

On Wednesday night, Mary Gay Scanlon’s car was found about 45 miles away in Newark, Delaware, with five suspects inside, police said.

Ms Scanlon’s government phone and ID were among belongings that the robbers took. The Democrat was not injured, her office said.

The suspects have not yet been charged.

Like many US cities, Philadelphia has seen an uptick in violent crime over the past year.

In a statement, the city’s Mayor Jim Kenney, a Democrat, called the robbery, which occurred “appalling”.

The two male attackers struck after Mrs Scanlon toured FDR Park in south Philadelphia, part of her congressional district, and was walking alone back to her car.

She had been there for a work meeting, her office said.

A dark-coloured SUV approached, and two armed males inside demanded her keys and belongings.

“She’s Philly tough so I know she will be ok!” tweeted fellow Democratic Philadelphia congressman Brendan Boyle.

Philadelphia has witnessed an 80% increase in carjackings in 2021, reports say.

Gunpoint robberies are up 27% compared with 2020 in the place known as the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia has also seen a record 544 homicides this year, up from 347 in all of 2019, according to reports.