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(PHILADELPHIA) — The video that recorded a Philadelphia kidnapping also caught on tape a car that pulled up and stopped, pointing its headlights at the man struggling to get the abducted woman into his car, and then slowly backing away.

Police said on Tuesday they have interviewed the driver of the car who came upon the Sunday night kidnapping of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

A reward of $15,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the abduction case. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter approved $10,000 on Monday and another $5,000 was approved by the Fraternal Order of Police Tuesday.

Freeland-Gaither, 22, was grabbed off the street at 9:40 p.m. Sunday while walking in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Video of the attack shows Freeland-Gaither being wrestled down the sidewalk, falling to the ground just outside her assailant’s car and then being forced into his car.

As she struggles with her attacker, a dark sedan is seen turning onto the street. The car stops, pauses, and then slowly backs up before the video ends.

Philadelphia police told ABC News Tuesday that the driver was an witness and had been interviewed by police.

The police had no updated news on potential suspects, but said they did not think that Freeland-Gaither knew her abductor.

Police said that Freeland-Gaither kicked out both the driver and passenger’s side rear windows in her desperate fight against her abductor. Her glasses and cell phone were found on the highway.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-686-3353/3354. On Monday, the Philadelphia police department asked the FBI for help in solving the case.

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