A 22-year-old woman who was abducted Sunday on a street in Philadelphia was rescued Wednesday from her kidnapper in Jessup, police said.
U.S. Marshals and FBI and ATF agents tracked the car seen in surveillance footage and found Carlesha Freeland-Gaither and her abductor, 37-year-old Delven Barnes, parked in the 7200 block of Waterloo Rd., Philadelphia police said in a news conference Wednesday. Agents arrested Barnes when he got out of the car, police said.
Freeland-Gaither was hospitalized in Maryland, and her condition was not released. Her mother, Keisha Gaither, said Freeland-Gaither was "very upset, crying and asking for me" when the two talked by phone Wednesday. Police planned to bring Gaither to the hospital to reunite the two.
Barnes is being held in Virginia on an outstanding warrant for attempted murder in another case, and he will face federal kidnapping charges, police said.
Capt. Jayson Crawley of the Charles City County Sheriff's Office in Virginia told the Los Angeles Times that Barnes was also the lone suspect in the abduction and sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 1.
In that case, Barnes was charged with attempted capital murder, forcible rape, malicious wounding, malicious wounding by throwing a chemical agent and abduction, he said.
Crawley said police are concerned that the attacks may be part of a larger pattern.
"We're thinking that there may be multiple victims out there," Crawley told The Times. "He did intimidate our victim and showed her photos of girls he claimed he did this to before, and we're just hoping if there are other victims out there, they will come forward."
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said investigators have not determined a motive, "other than that he's a thug."
"He's a vicious predator," Ramsey said. "Hopefully he'll be off the streets and in jail for the rest of his life, because that's what he deserves."
Police have not found any relationship between Freeland-Gaither and Barnes, they said.
The nursing assistant had spent Sunday night at her godson's birthday party and was about three blocks from home around 9:40 p.m., when she was kidnapped. FBI agents put out a video of the kidnapping and closed in using citizen tips and photos of Barnes using Freeland-Gaither's ATM card in Aberdeen. Additional evidence, including a zip tie, broken glass and an empty Herr's chip bag, was found on a property in Havre de Grace, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
Police thanked the many who had called in tips, and Gaither thanked the police and the public for their help in recovering her daughter.
"I just want to thank everybody," Gaither said. "Thank you for being there for us. I'm taking my baby home."