CRIME
11/04/2014 10:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Missing: Shocking Video Of Woman's Abduction

Authorities in Pennsylvania have released chilling video of a Philadelphia woman's abduction.

The dramatic video, which was captured by surveillance cameras in the Germantown section of the city Sunday night, shows an unidentified person grab 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither and force her into a waiting vehicle in the 100 block of West Coulter Street.

According to Gary Mercante, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Department, the abduction, which occurred at about 9:40 p.m., was witnessed by a passerby, who notified police.

"[The witness] stated that he observed ... Freeland-Gaither, yelling for help, and being forced into a 4-door vehicle," Mercante said.

Authorities said Freeland-Gaither fought with her abductor. She broke out the driver and passenger side rear windows of the vehicle before it went speeding off.

When police arrived at the scene of the abduction, they found Freeland-Gaither's glasses and cellphone.

"Just let my daughter go. Whatever it takes, I don't care. Just let her go," Freeland-Gaither's father, Carl Freeland, told Philadelphia's KYW-TV.

An undated photo of Carlesha Freelander-Gaither.

According to the distraught father, his daughter works as a nurse and was visiting her godson in the hours leading up to her abduction, which happened just blocks from her home.

Authorities are now in a desperate search for the person responsible and are offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to his capture. They have also enlisted the help of the FBI.

The suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2000-2002 dark gray metallic 4-door Ford Taurus, with an unknown Pennsylvania license plate, police said.

The suspect is described as an African American male, 25-30 years of age, 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium-heavy build. He was wearing a dark colored jacket with a dark colored hood -- possibly a hooded sweatshirt underneath, with a dark colored hat and dark colored pants.

Freeland-Gaither was last seen wearing a light blue jean jacket, a gray and white sweater, blue jeans and tan/green shoes. She was also carrying a black backpack. She is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall and approximately 125 pounds, with brown eyes and braided hair. She has a tattoo on her lower back.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact the Philadelphia Police Department at (215) 686-3353 or anonymously at (215) 686-8477. Tips can also be texted to 773847.

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