Chilling surveillance video captures woman’s abduction

PHILADELPHIA, PA. (WTNH)– Police have released a chilling surveillance video of a woman being abducted in Philadelphia on Sunday night.

In the newly released surveillance video you can see the suspect pull up in a gray car  9:40 p.m. and park in the 100 Block of West Coulter Street in Germantown. Only a few seconds later, 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither got off a bus. That’s when the suspect comes up to her, chases her, grabs her and then drags her into the car. She managed to kick out one of the rear windows on the passengers side of the car before the car sped away.

Caleesha Freeland-Gaither

While there is no audio in the video, police say Freeland-Gaither was screaming for help. Her glasses and cellphone were later found laying on the street.

Police describe the suspect as a 5’10” tall, black male with a medium to heavy build. He appeared to be between 25-30 years-old with a medium brown complexion. In the video, he is seen wearing a dark colored jacket with a dark hood, possibly with a dark hooded sweatshirt underneath. He was also wearing a dark colored hat and pants.

Full surveillance video

Now her father is combing the neighborhood with flyers in an attempt to bring her back home. He also made a tearful plea on camera.

“I just want her to come home safe. I don’t care what anybody gotta do, just let her come home. That’s all I am asking,” said Carl Freeland.

Investigators are looking for a 2000-2002 dark gray metallic 4-door Ford Taurus with a smashed window on both the driver and passenger side rear windows. The car also has an unknown  PA plate on the front bumper, a rear spoiler and and unknown item in the bottom of the front windshield.

Anyone with information is urged to call Philadelphia police at (215) 686-TIPS or text “PPD TIP” or 773847. All tips will remain confidential.

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