Thursday, November 6, 2014

Woman Kidnapped Off The Streets Found Alive After 3 Days And Abductor Arrested

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22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither whose shocking abduction was caught on CCTV footage has now been found alive, though with minor injuries. Her suspected kidnapper was taken into police custody, Philadelphia authorities said.

A certified nursing assistant, Freeland-Gaither was just blocks away from her home when she was kidnapped Sunday night by a hooded man. Later identified as Delvin Barnes, 37, the man grabbed her off the street and forced her into a car. The video from the CCTV shows her resist being taken away, and she even broke the rear windows of the car while trying to escape, police said.

The kidnapper was taken into custody in Maryland and will be charged federally for assault and kidnapping, police said.

The "vicious predator" is currently being held on a warrant for a previous "violent" case, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a press conference, according to NYDailyNews;

"He's a thug and this is what thugs do. Hopefully, he'll be in jail for the rest of his life. That's the only thing he deserves."

"This young woman has gone through a lot of trauma over the last few days," Ramsey added.

Freeland-Gaither's mother, Keisha Gaither, thanked police, media and the public for their efforts and even hugged an officer. She expects to reunite with her daughter in the hospital Wednesday night.

"Thank you so much for having us in your prayers. I'm going to get my daughter. I'm going to get my baby."

Police said they believe Barnes and Freeland-Gaither did not know each other before and the kidnapping was random. They are also connecting Barnes to the kidnap and assault of a 16 year old girl last month in Virginia, CNN reports.

The Virginia teen went missing first, with her family calling the Charles City County Sheriff's Office on October 1.

Her nightmare began when she was picked up off the street in Virginia, much like what happened later in Philadelphia, according to Crawley. The sheriff's captain said authorities don't believe the girl knew Barnes -- again, just as is thought to be the case with the other victim, 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

The next sign of the teenage girl came two days later, when she showed up at a Charles City County business with third-degree burns from having been doused by bleach and gasoline, then set on fire, according to Crawley.

Authorities learned later that the 16-year-old had walked 2 miles, having escaped the home where she was being held.

I'm so glad this monster is off the streets now.

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