Abducted Philadelphia woman's ATM card used in Maryland

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's family said a young man who became obsessed with her when she was in high school in Maryland may be behind her kidnapping.
By Frances Burns  |  Updated Nov. 5, 2014 at 9:52 AM
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PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Investigators say that hours after Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted on a Philadelphia street, her ATM card was used at a bank in Maryland.

Surveillance video showed the person using the card early Monday at a PNC bank in Aberdeen was a man, police said. The bank is about 70 miles down Interstate 95 from Philadelphia.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was kidnapped Sunday night as she returned home from a visit to her godson. The abduction was captured by security cameras that showed her struggling with a man trying to force her into a car.

Police described the suspect as being in his 20s, 5-foot-10 with a medium to heavy build. He is likely driving a gray, 2000 to 2002 four-door Ford sedan, the same car seen in video of the abduction.

About 30 relatives joined the FBI and Philadelphia police for a news conference Tuesday. Investigators released footage showing a man at a Shell station in Maryland, suggesting he might be the kidnapper.

Freeland-Gaither went to high school in Maryland, living with her grandmother, Ana Mulero. According to Mulero, a young man Freeland-Gaither met there became obsessed with her.

Mulero said the man showed up at her house with his own grandparents to ask Freeland-Gaither to go out with him. After her granddaughter moved to Philadelphia three years ago, he turned up trying to find out how to get in touch with her.

"He always looked suspicious to me," Mulero said. "That was one of her friends I was always wary of."

Keisha Gaither, Freeland-Gaither's mother, and Mulero said she rejected the young man's advances. Gaither described him as "very aggressive."

While police have released video of Sunday's abduction, that does not include sound. Investigators said Freeland-Gaither can be heard screaming for help on the audio but they could not determine if she knew the man who grabbed her.

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