Police release shocking video of moment woman is abducted in Philadelphia

Video: Authorities are still looking for the abductor and asking for the public's help

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The Independent US

The Philadelphia Police Department has released a chilling video reportedly showing the abduction of a woman in the city on Sunday evening.

Police released the video on Monday as they appealed to the public for help in identifying and locating the suspect. The individual abducted the 22-year-old woman in Germantown in the north-west of Philadelphia.

The CCTV video shows a car being parked in the forefront of the screen. A man then leaves the car and crosses the road and briefly disappears from view. The man can then be seen crossing the road again in the distance. He then grabs a woman and forces her down the street and into his car. The woman can be seen apparently resisting her attacker and falling to the ground before being pushed into the car.

Police were called to the scene at 9:40pm on Sunday and said a witness stated that he observed a woman yelling for help and being forced into a four-door car. The victim was named as Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, whose cell phone and glasses were found on the pavement near to where the abduction took place.

The police said that Freeland-Gaither also broke the passenger side rear windows of the abductor's car.

Philadelphia Police Department are now looking for an unknown black male, between 25 and 30, roughly 5ft10ins. He was driving a dark grey Ford Taurus.

Police said that if a member of the public comes into contact with the suspect to contact 911 immediately.

To submit a tip to the Philadelphia Police Department, telephone 215.686.TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847.