Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

by Sue Ann Rybak

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect who abducted a 22-year-old woman near the 100 block of West Coulter Street in Germantown.

According to the police around 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, of the 100 block of W. Hansberry St., was walking on Coulter Street near Greene Street, when she was abducted by a man.

A witness told police, he heard Freeland-Gaither screaming for help as she was forced into a 4-door vehicle, possibly a grey Ford Taurus.

Police released disturbing surveillance video of the kidnapping on Monday, Nov. 3. The video shows a man pull up his vehicle and park on the West side of Coulter Street. He gets out of the car and crosses the street. Freeland-Gaither is then seen crossing the street at the corner with the man walking quickly behind her. The suspect then brutally grabs her and drags her towards his car, as she attempts to flee her attacker.

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If you see this suspect do not approach him, call 911 immediately. If you have any information about this crime, please call 215- 686-TIPS or text “PPD TIP” or 773847. You may also call Northwest Detective Division 215-686-3353/3354 Det. Sloan #891, DC# 14-14-086747. Your call will be kept strictly confidential.

Update: A $15,000 reward is being offered by the Philadelphia Police and city officials for information leading to the arrest of the man who kidnapped Freeland-Gaither.