Abducted Philadelphia woman rescued

Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A woman abducted off a Philadelphia street has been reunited with her family hours after police said she was found safe outside Baltimore.

Officers also said they had arrested a man suspected of grabbing Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22.

Keisha Gaither, who a day earlier had sobbed as she pleaded for the safe return of her kidnapped daughter, smiled during a Philadelphia news conference last night.

“I’m taking my baby home. Thank you. Thank you so much,” she said as authorities announced the rescue of Ms Freeland-Gaither and the arrest of the suspect.

Law enforcement agents spotted her and the man in a car with a broken-out back window in Jessup, Maryland, authorities said.

Ms Freeland-Gaither had some injuries but was generally doing okay, police said.

Authorities said there was no indication she and the man, who used to live in Philadelphia, knew each other.

Delvin Barnes, 37, was being held on an unrelated Virginia warrant alleging attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives or fire, and he would face federal charges in the Philadelphia abduction, authorities said.

Ms Freeland-Gaither had been last seen on a surveillance video being grabbed by a man and pulled toward a car on Sunday night as she struggled to get away in Philadelphia’s Germantown neighbourhood.

Police and federal authorities had released a stream of images over the past two days from surveillance cameras in Maryland.

Published: Thursday 6th November 2014 by The News Editor

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