A Philadelphia nurse whose violent abduction was caught by surveillance video was found alive Wednesday in Maryland and her alleged captor was taken into custody, police and the FBI said.
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was rescued from a car that police found parked in Jessup, Md., Charles Ramsey, Philadelphia police commissioner, said.
A man also in the car was taken into custody and identified as Delvin Barnes, 37, said Ed Hanko, the FBI’s special agent in charge of the Philadelphia office.
Barnes was being held on a warrant for attempted murder and other charges from a separate case in Virginia and “will be charged federally with the crimes here in Philadelphia,” Hanko said.
Ramsey said the woman is “in good shape” with some injuries and was taken to a hospital.
Her mother appeared at an emotional news conference with police, FBI and other law enforcement agencies and said she had spoken with her daughter following her recovery and that she was very happy to be freed.
Keisha Gaither, thanked police and the community for their support and said she hoped to be reunited with her daughter soon.
“She was very upset. She was crying. She just was asking for me, to tell me she loved me, she missed me, to come get her,” Gaither said after talking with her daughter by phone.
“I’m going to get my daughter. I’m going to get my baby,” she said.
Ramsey called the suspect “a thug” and “a vicious predator.”
Philadelphia police detective James Smith said investigators believe the suspect was a stranger to the victim. He said the case is still under investigation and officers were waiting to interview Freeland-Gaither.
A multistate search had intensified with the release of a new video earlier in the day of a man described by the FBI as a person of interest in the case.
The latest video showed a man in a coat, dark pants, multicolored sneakers and a knit cap entering and shopping in an undisclosed grocery store Sunday afternoon, before the abduction of Freeland-Gaither.
Philadelphia police Capt. James Smith said the person shown was believed to be the same person seen in previously released images from a Maryland bank and gas-station minimart.
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SOURCE: USA Today
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