Police in Philadelphia are on the lookout for a suspect in the abduction of 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, who was taken while just blocks from her home this past Sunday. A chilling video of the kidnapping has been released in order to aid authorities and witnesses in locating Freeland-Gaither.
Freeland-Gaither was walking in the Germantown-Penn Knox neighborhood just before 10:00 p.m. when she was dragged by force by the unknown assailant. On the video, Freeland-Gaither is seen struggling and appears to almost get free before the man grabs her again. In the struggle, police said that Freeland-Gaither managed to kick out windows on the vehicle.
As reported by NBC Philadelphia, a man heard Freeland-Gaither crying out for help, but he arrived to late to the scene to help her. The victim’s father has pleaded to local media that the perpetrator return his daughter safely home no matter the cost.
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Freeland’s daughter Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was walking along the 100 block of W Coulter Street around 9:40 p.m. when witnesses say a man forced her into the backseat of a dark-colored four-door sedan.
“I heard a whole bunch of screaming,” said witness John Wayne. “She was screaming, ‘help, help!'”
Freeland-Gaither struggled with the man before he forced her into the backseat and took off down Coulter Street, according to Wayne.
Investigators are combing the area for surveillance video in an effort to figure out exactly what happened to the young woman whose grandfather says does not hang out with “unsavory characters.”
A report from local ABC affiliate WPIV states that Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card was used early Monday morning in Aberdeen, Md. Freeland-Gaither was raised in Maryland, having returned to Philadelphia to family just two years ago. The family adds that a former boyfriend was obsessed with Freeland-Gaither, although they could not determine if surveillance photos of the alleged suspect using the ATM card was the person they knew.
Watch a video of the abduction below. A warning: the images may be triggering.
Photo: YouTube/Philadelphia Police Department