Philly abduction

Philadelphia police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man who abducted a nurse just a few blocks from her home late Sunday night.

Police say 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was grabbed by a man wearing a dark jacket with a hood, a dark hat and dark pants.

She was forced to walk down the street and stuffed into a car. The man is described as a black male of medium-heavy build, 25-30 years old.

Witnesses say Gaither screamed for help and kicked out 2 of the car windows.

The abduction took place shortly before 10 p.m. on Sunday.


A witness reported that Freeland-Gaither yelled for help. The video shows her tussling on the ground with her abductor, and being forced into a four-door vehicle, possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

Just before the vehicle pulled away, Freeland-Gaither broke out the driver and passenger side rear windows, police said. Her glasses and cell phone were dropped onto the road.

Freeland-Gaither’s family told CNN affiliate WPVI that she worked as a nurse and was just blocks from her home when she was abducted.

Police don’t know if Gaither was abducted by a stranger or someone she knew.

“We don’t know if she was talking to them or whether they ended up asking her a question and just grabbed her. We don’t know what happened at all,” Gaither’s grandmother Connie Freeland told the affiliate.

There is a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Gaither’s kidnappers.