Police are still trying to identify the suspect responsible for abducting 22-year-old Philadelphia woman Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. Detectives has collected video and photo evidence that shows the suspect using Gaither’s bank card in Maryland, where she lived before moving to Philadelphia a few short months ago. (She lived with her grandfather and recently moved in with her boyfriend.) Police are unsure if Gaither might have known her abductor, however this detail about the card being used in a city she once lived in is uncanny. Hmm, is anyone questioning Gaither’s boyfriend?
The dark, blurry pictures of a man using the victim’s bank card at an Aberdeen, Maryland, ATM — and sharper images of him walking through a gas station minimart nearby — were captured less than nine hours after Gaither, a nursing assistant at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, was seen on surveillance video struggling as she’s being carried to the abductor’s car in Germantown. Police said the suspect is in his 20s and about 5-foot-10 with a medium to heavy build. He’s likely is driving a gray, four-door Ford sedan — the vehicle in the surveillance video — probably built between 2000 and 2002.
The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Local officials previously pledged $17,000 in rewards. Mayor Michael Nutter approved a $10,000 city reward Monday for information and John McNesby, the President of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Tuesday the union would offer an additional $5,000 reward. The Citizens Crime Commission added $2,000. Gaither’s abduction has gained lots of attention because of the brutal nature of her kidnapping and the fact that it was caught on camera.
“Our goal is the safe return of Carlesha to her family and friends,” Christian Zajac, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia office, said during a news conference.
To submit a tip to Philadelphia Police, call (215) 686-TIPS or text “PPD TIP” or 773847. All tips will remain confidential.
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