Disturbing: Philadelphia police release footage of abduction

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PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (CNN) — Even without sound, the video is disturbing.

In a series of black and white images, it shows a man appearing to drag a woman down the street and force her into a car.

Philadelphia Police released the footage Monday in the hopes of catching the suspect, who they describe as an unknown black male of medium-heavy build, 25-30 years old.

He’s seen in the video wearing a dark jacket with a hood, a dark hat and dark pants.

Police have identified the victim as 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. She was taken in the Germantown-Penn Knox part of the city, shortly before 10 p.m. ET on Sunday night.

A witness reported that Freeland-Gaither yelled for help. The video shows her tussling on the ground with her abductor, and being forced into a four-door vehicle, possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

Just before the vehicle pulled away, Freeland-Gaither broke out the driver and passenger side rear windows, police said. Her glasses and cell phone were dropped onto the road.

“If you see this suspect do not approach him, contact 911 immediately,” police wrote.

Suspect Description: Unknown black male, 5’10″, medium-heavy build, 25-30 years-of-age, medium brown complexion, wearing a dark colored jacket with a dark colored hood possibly a hooded sweatshirt underneath, dark colored hat, and dark colored pants.

Vehicle Description: 2000-2002 dark gray metallic 4-door Ford Taurus with an unknown PA license, an unknown plate on the front bumper, rear spoiler, and both driver and passenger side rear windows broken out. Vehicle is missing inspection stickers and has an unknown item in the center bottom of the front windshield.

To submit a tip via telephone, dial 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.

All tips will be confidential.

If you have any information about this crime or this suspect, please contact:
NorthwestDetective Division
215-686-3353/3354
Det. Sloan #891
DC# 14-14-086747

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