Defund the police Democrats — a congresswoman and a state senator — were carjacked in separate incidents on Wednesday.
Two boys, ages 13 and 16, a 14-year-old girl, and a 19-year-old man are in custody after the brazen carjacking of Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Pa.) around 2:45 p.m. in FDR Park in South Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon.
The congresswoman had been attending a meeting when she was approached by two armed men who demanded her car keys.
Scanlon surrendered the keys to her blue 2017 Acura MDX, and one of the suspects drove off with her car. The second carjacker followed the first suspect in a separate vehicle, Philadelphia police said.
Police found Scanlon’s Acura parked at a shopping center in Newark, Delaware, and arrested five teenagers inside the vehicle around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Delaware State Police said.
A 19-year-old man is expected to face carjacking charges in the incident.
In a separate case, Illinois Senate majority leader Kimberly A. Lightford and her husband were carjacked around 9 p.m. Tuesday night in Broadview, on the outskirts of Chicago.
Lightford says she and her husband were dropping off a friend when three masked men approached them with guns and demanded their Mercedes SUV.
“I begged them not to shoot us, not to shoot my husband, or me,” Lightford said.
“I told them to take whatever they want. They took everything off me that I had of value … After we got the guns off of us, they separated me and husband… My husband told me to run. I ran, reluctantly, because I didn’t want to leave him there.”
Shots were fired, and Lightford said her husband, who is a conceal and carry holder, also discharged his gun. The carjackers escaped in the Mercedes SUV. No one was harmed.
Police were able to recover the SUV — which was a loaner from a dealership while the state senator’s car is in the shop. The suspects are still at large.
Lightford said she is still shaken by the incident.
“I’m doing much better today,” she said on Thursday. “I didn’t realize what a traumatic event could do in an adult.”
It isn’t clear if Scanlon and Lightford are still in favor of defunding the police.