Abducted Philadelphia Woman Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Found Alive, Suspect Arrested

Abducted Philadelphia Woman Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Found Alive, Suspect Arrested

A GPS in the car of the suspect, Delvin Barnes, led police to Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

Published November 6, 2014

(Keisha Gaither, second from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, celebrates with family members following the safe recovery of the 22-year-old on Nov. 6 in Maryland. Photo: AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

A 22-year-old Philadelphia woman who was grabbed off the street and abducted on Sunday evening is back home with her family after police rescued her in Maryland, AP reports.

Law enforcement agents reportedly located Carleesha Freeland-Gaither and alleged abductor Delvin Barnes in a parking lot in Jessup, Md. Barnes, 37, was arrested and has been linked to at least one other abduction case, including the abduction and sexual assault of a 16-year-old in Richmond, Va., last month.

"We're thinking that there may be multiple victims out there,” Capt. Jayson Crawley of the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia told the Los Angeles Times. "He did intimidate our victim and showed her photos of girls he claimed he did this to before, and we're just hoping if there are other victims out there, they will come forward.”

Freeland-Gaither was briefly hospitalized for minor injuries before reuniting with her family and returning with them to Philadelphia.

The victim’s mother, Keisha Gaither, spoke with her daughter shortly after the authorities announced the rescue.

"She was very upset. She was crying. She just was asking for me, to tell me she loved me, she missed me, to come get her," she told AP. "I'm going to get my daughter. I'm going to get my baby."

The violent crime was caught on camera, which helped authorities successfully track Barnes’s location.

According to USA Today, investigators read the dealership's name on a traffic-camera image of the car. After learning that the dealership had placed a GPS in the sedan due to Barnes’s bad credit, they had the dealership turn on the car's GPS and provide the vehicle's location.

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Written by By Patrice Peck


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