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Philadelphia Abduction Video Shows Capture; Suspect, Victim Sought

By    |   Tuesday, 04 November 2014 05:46 PM

Police say someone used Carlesha Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card in Aberdeen, Maryland, after the Philadelphia woman’s abduction Sunday.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was seen on surveillance video being forced into a car in Philadelphia. Less than nine hours later, security images showed a man using her ATM card about 75 miles from Philadelphia, The Associated Press reported.

Philadelphia police, Maryland authorities, and the FBI are working together in the search for Freeland-Gaither.

Authorities are unsure whether Freeland-Gaither, a nursing assistant, knew her abductor, the AP reported. A witness called 911 and reported that a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither was screaming for help when she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle. The witness said the victim broke the car’s rear side windows. Her glasses and cell phone were dropped on the street.

The abduction occurred at about 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, according to an FBI statement. The suspect’s vehicle is described as a dark silver- or gray-colored, four-door, 2000-2002 Ford Taurus with a rear spoiler.

Freeland-Gaither was raised in Maryland and moved to Philadelphia about two years ago, WPVI-TV reported.

A former boyfriend in Maryland tracked Freeland-Gaither down after she moved to Philadelphia, family members told the TV station.

Family members, who were shown a surveillance image of the suspect, didn’t know whether the former boyfriend might be involved. They are pleading for Freeland-Gaither’s safe return.

"Please give me back my child. Please give me give my baby. I just want my daughter. Please let her go," her mother, Keisha Gaither, said, according to WPVI-TV.

Rewards totaling $47,000 are being offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction.

“We need to find this young lady,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said, according to the station. “We need to find the person responsible and get him in custody and get her home safely.”

The Philadelphia Police Department posted surveillance video of the abduction online.

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