A Philadelphia abduction was caught on tape and detectives are hoping that the newly released photo with a $10,000 reward will lead them to her kidnapper.
On Sunday night around 9:40 p.m., Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted as she was walking on the 100 block of West Coulter Street in Germantown near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, according to FOX News. The three-minute tape released the woman struggling to fight off a man who grabbed her from the corner of W. Coulter and Greene Streets around 9:40 p.m. Sunday. Her father, Carl Freeland, begged for her return.
“If anybody knows anything, please, just bring my daughter home … I’ll give it to you. Anything you want, I’ll give it to you, just bring my daughter home.”
The Philadelphia abduction caught on tape shows the suspect, described by police as a 25 to 30-year-old man who is 5-foot-10-inches tall with a heavy build, pushing the 22-year-old woman toward his car. The nursing aide, who family members call a sweet child, was in the neighborhood visiting her godson.
Freeland-Gaither tries to break free as the man works to open the rear driver’s side door on a 2000 model dark gray metallic Ford Taurus with missing inspection stickers. They both tumble onto the sidewalk, but the woman is unable to get away.
She’s thrown into the back of the car and the vehicle rocks back-and-forth for about 30 seconds before it pulls away. During that time, police said the woman broke out the both rear windows of the car trying to escape.
Her grandfather, Derek Alston, said Freeland-Gaither was most likely walking home from a cousin’s party to her home, just a few blocks away from where she was taken, according to the New York Daily News. Another car can be seen driving up the street as the struggle takes place, but eventually backs out of the street. A witness said he walked past the woman shortly before hearing her scream, which can also be seen on the Germantown abduction caught on tape.
“I heard a whole bunch of screaming … She was screaming, ‘Help, Help!'”
Detectives identified Freeland-Gaither as the victim after finding her smartphone and glasses on the sidewalk. A knife and glove were also recovered, police said. Freeland-Gaither’s family members said the woman may know her attacker, but police feel otherwise. They’ve begun working with the FBI and are classifying the abduction as random.
While the Philadelphia abduction was caught on tape, city Mayor Michael Nutter approved a $10,000 reward for an arrest and conviction. But as of Tuesday morning, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey confirmed that the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) has added an additional $5,000 to the total reward being offered, 6abc action news notes. The family feels very desperate, but are not giving up hope.