(PHILADELPHIA) — New surveillance video reveals the clearest image yet of a person of interest wanted for questioning in the case of a Philadelphia woman whose abduction was recorded by surveillance cameras.
The FBI released the new video showing a man in a hooded jacket as he shops in a supermarket hours before that Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 22, was kidnapped on Sunday, according to the video time stamp.
The video shows the man entering and leaving the unidentified store as well as walking through its aisles. He appears to have a slight limp. Investigators also noted that the man in the video had a wallet chain and wore a dark hoodie.
Police have not named any suspects in the case.
Freeland-Gaither’s abduction on an empty Philadelphia street Sunday night was caught on surveillance video and began with a wary handshake, according to additional video released Tuesday night.
Additional surveillance footage taken from a second angle of the kidnapping revealed the first frightening moments between Freeland-Gaither and her assailant.
The video shows Freeland-Gaither walking down the street in Philadelphia on her way home from a visit with her godson at 9:40 p.m.
She first passed the man in a dark hoodie, who turned back and got her attention, so she turned to face him. The unidentified man reached his hand out as if to greet Freeland-Gaither. In grainy surveillance footage she shook the man’s hand, but appeared to be wary and back pedaled as she shook his hand.
“She’s backing away as she’s looking at him,” Capt. James Smith of the Philadelphia Police Department told ABC News affiliate WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. “She knows something’s up.”
The man then lunged and grabbed her, rushing her down the street and into his car.
Previously released surveillance footage shows Freeland-Gaither fighting to get away from her attacker. Freeland-Gaither was pulled down the street in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia toward the man’s car, which police believe is a 2000-2002 gray Ford Taurus. At one point, she even fell to the ground to try and get away.
“We hear the woman being placed in the car and you can hear her yelling,” Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson told ABC News of the early surveillance footage. Police said she never said the name of her attacker and they do not believe she knew him.
Police said that they believe the Philadelphia nurse’s assistant was able to kick out two windows after being put in the car. Her glasses and cellphone were found on the highway.
On Tuesday, police released footage of a “person of interest” in the case. The footage showed the man that police want to question in connection with Freeland-Gaither’s disappearance, as he browsed and purchased items at convenience store in Aberdeen, Maryland on Monday morning.
Police have also released pictures of a man in dark hooded jacket or coat as he used Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card around 6 a.m. Monday at a Maryland bank near the convenience store.
Anyone with information is being asked to call the Philadelphia Police Department’s Northwest Detective Division at 215-548-4756. On Monday, the Philadelphia Police Department also enlisted the FBI’s help to solve the case.
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