Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, the 22-year-old woman who was abducted from the street in Philadelphia, was found alive in Maryland on Wednesday and the man responsible has been arrested for kidnapping.
“I’m taking my baby home. Thank you,” said Keisha Gaither, the woman’s elated mother. Her family erupted into applause as she spoke.
Officials said that Freeland-Gaither was rescued from the car of her abductor, 37-year-old Delvin Barnes, on the side of a road in Jessup. Maryland. She suffered some injuries and has been taken to a hospital in Columbia, Maryland for treatment. She’s listed in good condition and is expected to recover soon.
The young woman was grabbed at around 9:40 p.m. on Sunday in Germantown, Pennsylvania as she was walking home from visiting her godson. She was forced down the street and into a car. She fought her attacker and struggled to get away, even breaking out the window of the car. The entire ordeal was caught on surveillance tape.
Edward Hanko, special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia division, said agents acted on tips from the public to track down Barnes’ car. Detectives got a break in the case from a woman living in Harve De Grace, Maryland. A woman, who chose to remain unidentified, found a bag of trash with a receipt from an ACME supermarket in North Philadelphia, broken glass and a bag of Herr’s potato chips. The woman told NBC10 that she initially thought it was just trash until she heard about the story and called in to report it.