Update: Woman abducted safely returned to family, suspect in custody
A Philadelphia woman whose abduction was captured on a surveillance video has been safely returned to her family.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey made the announcement Wednesday evening.
“Tonight, the FBI and Philadelphia Police Department have great news that Carlesha Freeland has been rescued, her abductor has been arrested in Maryland,” Special Agent Hanko said.
Hanko says with the help of the media and tips, they were able to identify 37-year-old Delvin Barnes as the suspect in the November 2nd abduction of 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.
Barnes is currently being held on a warrant based out of Charles City County, Virginia sheriff’s office for attempted capital murder, assault, malicious injury with acid, explosive, or fire.
Hanko says he will be charged federally with the crimes in Philadelphia.
Officials tracked Barnes’ car to Maryland, where agents located the car in Jessup after getting tips from those who had been following the case. Plastic covered the window that Freeland-Gaither kicked out during her abduction.
The agents surrounded the vehicle taking down Barnes without incident.
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