A 22-year-old Philadelphia woman was rescued and brought home safely on Wednesday by local police two days after she was abducted, media reports said. The suspect, identified as Delvin Barnes, was reportedly taken into custody without incident on Wednesday night.
Police officials reportedly spotted Carlesha Freeland-Gaither with the suspect in a car in the Howard County side of Jessup, Maryland. Barnes was reportedly arrested under a Virginia warrant linked to an unrelated case alleging that he was involved in capital murder, rape and abduction. The suspect, who reportedly has been involved in several crimes, is yet to be charged in the Philadelphia abduction, The Associated Press, or AP reported, citing authorities. The victim, a nurse's assistant, had moved to Philadelphia from Maryland two years ago.
"No one else is in danger right now because we got a very dangerous predator off the streets," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said, AP reported.
Police officials had reportedly released surveillance camera footage showing Freeland-Gaither being dragged inside a car by Barnes. The woman's struggle with the abductor led police to believe that the two did not know each other. A witness reportedly said that the victim had dropped her glasses and cell phone in the struggle and broke the vehicle's rear windows.
Police also released a photo of Barnes using the victim’s bank card in Maryland on Monday. The ATM, which was used by the abductor, was about 70 miles from the site of the abduction, NBC News reported.
Freeland-Gaither said that Barnes had shown her pictures of other women he had abducted off the streets, ABC News reported. Police reportedly urged other women who have been a victim of Barnes' actions to come forward and report the crime.
"I just want to say thank you to everybody...thank you so much, thank you for having us in your prayers, thank you for keeping me up, thank you for being there for us, I'm taking my baby home," a family member of the woman said, WUSA 9 reported.