By Rachelle Blidner
A Philadelphia woman whose shocking abduction was caught on tape was found alive Wednesday as her suspected kidnapper is in police custody, according to authorities.
22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was found in Jessup, Maryland, with minor injuries Wednesday night, Philadelphia authorities said.
Delven Barnes, 37, was taken into custody in Maryland and will be charged, police said. He is currently being held on a warrant for a previous "violent" case, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.
"He's a thug and this is what thugs do," Ramsey said. "Hopefully, he'll be in jail for the rest of his life. That's the only thing he deserves."
Northwest Detectives Division is asking for the public’s help in identifying and located the suspect who abducted a 22 year-old female in Germantown – Penn Knox.
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On Sunday, November 2, 2014, at approximately 9:40 PM, Police responded to the 100 block of West Coulter Street for a report of an abduction. A witness was located and stated that he observed a female, identified as the complainant, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, yelling for help, and being forced into a 4-door vehicle, possibly a grey colored Ford Taurus. As the complainant was being forced into the vehicle the complainant’s glasses and cell phone were dropped onto the highway. Just before the vehicle pulled off the driver and passenger side rear windows were broken out by the complainant.
Complainant: Carlesha Freeland-Gaither 22 year old black female from the 100 block of W Hansberry Street.
- 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.