Philadelphia police release terrifying footage of abduction

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By Dana Ford

(November 4, 2014) — 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, who 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. Police said an ATM card belonging to the woman was used Tuesday morning by a man at a “standalone bank” in Aberdeen, Md.

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.

The suspect is described by police as a black male, 5’10”, medium-heavy build, 25-30 years-of-age, medium brown complexion, wearing a dark colored jacket with a dark colored hood possibly a hooded sweatshirt underneath, dark colored hat, and dark colored pants.

The vehicle is described by police as a 2000-2002 dark gray metallic four-door Ford Taurus with an unknown PA license, an unknown plate on the front bumper, rear spoiler, and both driver and passenger side rear windows broken out.

Police say the vehicle is missing inspection stickers and has an unknown item in the center bottom of the front windshield.

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

Anyone with any information is urged to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847 or visit phillypolice.com.

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