Person of Interest in Carlesha Abduction

The FBI has released new video of the person of interest in the abduction of 22-year-old nurse Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

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The new video shows an unknown male shopping for items inside a convenience store in Maryland on Tuesday. He pays for the items using Carlesha’s stolen ATM card.

The man is described as a black male, 25-30 years old, 5′-10″ tall with a medium to navy build. He is seen wearing dark clothing and a black hoodie sweatshirt.

Carlesha was abducted from W. Coulter St in the Germantown section of north Philadelphia while walking home after visiting a Godson before 10 p.m. on Sunday.

Surveillance video shows the attacker dragging Carlesha down the street against her will and forcing her into a parked car, possibly a dark gray metallic 4-door Ford Taurus with a front tag that could be from Maryland.

A witness told police he heard Carlesha screaming for help as she struggled with her abductor. She reportedly kicked out 2 rear side windows in the car during the struggle. Her phone and glasses were found on the sidewalk next to shattered glass.

Carlesha’s ATM card was used 8 hours later at a PNC bank ATM machine in Aberdeen, Maryland, about 70 miles from where she was abducted.

Carlesha’s family said her former boyfriend from Maryland was stalking her.

When police showed the family images of the suspect, they said they did not recognize him.

“I did not recognize the person in the picture, but I know (the boyfriend) has a light complexion. The picture was not very clear, but – if I had to say – it’s a possibility,” said Carlesha’s grandmother, Ana Mulero.

A $47,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the capture or conviction of the attacker.

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