Philly Woman's Terrifying Abduction Caught on Tape

$15K reward offered to find who snatched 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2014 12:40 PM CST

Police are searching for a 22-year-old woman who is shown, in a terrifying three-minute surveillance video, being abducted off a Philadelphia street Sunday night. The video shows Carlesha Freeland-Gaither struggling with her kidnapper on the sidewalk before he finally manages to shove her into a gray sedan in the Germantown neighborhood, the LA Times reports. The car rocks back and forth for about 30 seconds, NBC10 reports, and the nursing aide, who was visiting her godson before she was snatched, breaks out both rear windows of the car before it speeds away. Another car is seen on the video driving up the street and idling for a few seconds right in front of where the abduction is happening, then backing up and leaving the scene.

The city is seeking the public's help, offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect; a local police union has tacked on an additional $5,000 reward, the Times reports. "If anybody knows anything, please, just bring my daughter home," her father tells NBC10. "Anything you want, I'll give it to you, just bring my daughter home." The suspect is described as a 25- to 30-year-old man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a heavy build; the car used in the abduction is said to be a 2000 model metallic-gray Ford Taurus with missing inspection stickers. (More Philadelphia stories.)

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