VIDEO: Abduction on Philadelphia on West Coulter St Shows Speed of Crime

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Surveillance video of abduction on 100 West Coulter Street on November 2, 2014 at 9:40 p.m. (video begins at 00:22)

Police are asking for the public’s help in Philadelphia after an abduction was caught on surveillance video on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at about 9:40 p.m. and after police responded to the block of 100 West Coulter Street to a report of an abduction.

In the video, the suspect’s vehicle pulls up left wheel to curb at about 00:31 (9:39 PM).

The suspect is seen leaving his vehicle at about 1:04 (9:39 PM). The suspect walks to the other side of the street and walks toward the background on the opposite sidewalk.

The suspect hurriedly follows the victim across the crosswalk returning to the sidewalk side where his vehicle is parked at about 01:35 (9:40 PM).

The offender makes contact with the victim about 1:50 (9:40 PM) and begins to drag the victim — while she is still standing and struggling — toward his vehicle.

The suspect and victim reach his car and the suspect opens the door about 2:05 (9:40 PM).

The victim falls to the ground at about 2:08 (9:40 PM) and is dragged on the ground to his car and is apparently inside the car by 2:18 (9:40 PM).

A passer-by approaches in a vehicle about 2:18 (9:40) and stops at 2:24 (9:41 PM). The passer-by’s vehicle starts to move in reverse at about 2:40 (9:41 PM) and leaves the scene. The suspect’s car is shown rocking — apparently during the struggle.

The suspect’s vehicle leaves the scene — pulling away from the curb at 2:55 (9:41 PM).

The entire abduction from street to car takes less than one minute and 20 seconds.

A witness reported to police that a woman was yelling for help as she was being forced into a 4-door sedan — possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

The victim’s glasses and cell phone were dropped on the roadway, and just before the offender’s vehicle pulled away, the driver side and passenger side rear windows were broken out by the victim. The victim is identified as Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

The Philadelphia Police Department 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 District.


Notice for personal defensive analysis that this is an apparent or potentially violent, deadly situation, and the victim’s right hand is carrying an object, but is otherwise free to punch, claw, scratch, etc. in an attempt to delay, disorient, or disable the offender.

* If necessary, take DELAY off the checklist for the element of surprise.

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