CRIME
11/05/2014 06:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, Missing Woman, Found Alive In Maryland

A woman violently abducted from Philadelphia on Sunday has been reportedly found alive in Maryland.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was discovered in Jessup, Maryland on Wednesday, according to TV station WPVI.

A suspect is in custody and Freeland-Gaither is in good condition.

"I just want to thank everybody. I would like to thank the Philadelphia department of police, the FBI…especially the public," said Freeland-Gaither's mother Keisha Gaither at a press conference with police department officials. "I'm taking my baby home."

The suspect is Delvin Barnes, 37, who's being held on an unrelated warrant from Virginia for attempted capital murder, according to officials from the Philadelphia Police Department on Wednesday night.

"He’s a thug and this is what he does, apparently. Nothing he does make sense, don’t even try to find it," said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "He’s a vicious predator, he’s off the streets, and hopefully he’ll spend the rest of his life in jail."

Police said they found him by tracking Barnes' license plate. When he was arrested, Freeland-Gaither was in the car with him, police said.

Authorities believe that Barnes was a stranger to Freeland-Gaither before the attack took place.

Surveillance video recorded her kidnapping in Philly's Germantown section.

Security cameras yielded other crucial clues. About nine hours after her abduction, a man on Monday morning was recorded using Freeland-Gaither's ATM card in Aberdeen, Maryland.

The missing woman had lived in Maryland until a few months ago when she moved to Philadelphia where she works as a nursing assistant at Presbyterian Hospital, according to the Associated Press.

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