Disturbing video shows abduction; Philadelphia police seek suspect who dragged woman into car

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Even without sound, the video is disturbing.

In a series of black and white images, it shows a man appearing to drag a woman down the street and force her into a car.

Philadelphia police released the footage Monday in the hopes of catching the suspect, whom they describe as an unknown black male of medium-heavy build, 25-30 years old.

He’s seen in the video wearing a dark jacket with a hood, a dark hat and dark pants.

Police have identified the victim as 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. She was taken in the Germantown-Penn Knox part of the city, shortly before 10 p.m. ET on Sunday.

A witness reported that Freeland-Gaither yelled for help. The video shows her tussling on the ground with her abductor, and being forced into a four-door vehicle, possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

Just before the vehicle pulled away, Freeland-Gaither broke out the driver and passenger side rear windows, police said. Her glasses and cell phone were dropped onto the road.

Freeland-Gaither’s family told CNN affiliate WPVI that she worked as a nurse and was just blocks from her home when she was abducted.

Her grandmother described Freeland-Gaither as a “sweet child.”

“We don’t know if she was talking to them or whether they ended up asking her a question and just grabbed her. We don’t know what happened at all,” Connie Freeland told the affiliate.

WPVI reported that Freeland-Gaither’s father posted flyers Monday morning around where she was taken.

“I don’t care what anyone has to do, just let my daughter come home,” Carl Freeland told WPVI. “That’s all I’m asking.”

Officials are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

“If you see this suspect do not approach him, contact 911 immediately,” police wrote.

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  • Johnny Bondo

    With all the whining I hear about cameras and invasion of privacy I can’t imagine how many people like this woman disappeared without a trace before the cameras were here. Hopefully they catch this guy before it gets too late. And all you people who hate cameras don’t speed or run red lights.

  • Lynn Timmins

    What I don’t understand is why the guy behind this car did not at least get his license number down? I can see why people do not get involved with so many with guns and trying to stay safe and protect their own families but at least call the police, follow, block, or at least get the license number down, but for crying out loud do not back all the way down the street and almost hit the cars on the other street or the kid from the other block that was running down and trying to at least come down and help this poor girl. I also thought I saw the second person on the right side way down on the second block coming towards the girls screams but they were way to far really to help. I think the young boy on the right side was only a block away and might have caught some of the license no at least. He looked like he tried to help. This guy was out on a mission though and new who he wanted that is for sure. My prayers are for this women and her family. Please find him soon but I think this is a familiar party to this girl and I hope she can talk him into letting her go. God be there for the family and her.

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