Police released a dramatic video of a Philadelphia kidnapping. Also caught on tape was a car that pulled up and stopped, shining its headlights on a man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.
Police said today they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, ABC News reports.
A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the kidnapping case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police on Tuesday.
Freeland-Gaither, 22, was attacked off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Video shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside the suspect’s car and then being forced into the car.
As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street – the witness. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video cuts out.
Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was a witness to the crime and has been interviewed by police.
The police have no updated news on potential suspects, but did say they did not think that Freeland-Gaither was acquainted with her kidnapper.
The suspect vehicle is believed to be a 2000-2002 dark gray metallic 4-door Ford Taurus, with an unknown Pennsylvania license plate, police disclosed.
Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows during her desperate fight to escape her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were located on the highway.
“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.
Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday, the Philadelphia police department solicited help from the FBI in solving the case.
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