Video Captures Abduction of Young Black Woman in Philadelphia

Video Captures Abduction of Young Black Woman in Philadelphia

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was seen being attacked by a man and forced into his car on Sunday night.

Published November 4, 2014

A chilling video showing the abduction of a young woman in Philadelphia on Sunday night has been released by police, CBS News reports.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was attacked by an unidentified man around 9:40 p.m. while leaving a family member’s party just a few blocks away from her home. The video shows the man chasing Freehand-Gaither, grabbing her and forcing her down the street into his dark, four-door sedan, possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

Witnesses said the young woman was screaming for help and kicked out at least one of the vehicle’s rear windows as the suspect drove them away.

"Please just send her back home," Freeland-Gaither's father told CBS News. "Just let my daughter go. Whatever you want, whatever you're asking for, I'll give it to you.”

City and state police are working with the FBI to locate Freehand-Gaither, according to Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.

"What's most important is finding this young lady and hopefully finding her unharmed as soon as possible, that's our number one priority," he told CBS News’s "48 Hours Crimesider.”

Freeland-Gaither is described as a Black female, 125 pounds, five-feet-three-inches tall with brown eyes. She has a braided hairstyle and a tattoo on her lower back, police say. She was last seen wearing a light blue jean jacket, a gray-and-white sweater and a Black backpack.

Philly.com reports that officials are offering a $42,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information has been asked to call the Philadelphia Police. Local tipsters should call 911 and those outside of the city should call 215-686-TIPS (3353).

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Written by Patrice Peck

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