Cops: Abducted Phila. woman's ATM card used in Md.

Last Updated Nov 4, 2014 8:45 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA -- A bank card belonging to a nursing assistant abducted Sunday night from a Philadelphia street has been used in Maryland, police said at a news conference Tuesday.

Detectives say surveillance images showed a man using Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's card at 6 a.m. Monday at a bank located near a highway exit in Aberdeen, about 35 miles northeast of Baltimore.

Police released the series of images from the bank, which they say pictures an unknown male. They're asking the public to come forward with any information.


An unknown man was captured in this surveillance image using the ATM card of an abducted Phila. nursing assistant early Monday, Nov. 3, 2014.

Philadelphia police

The girl's grandmother, Ana Mulero, told The Associated Press she did not recognize the man in the pictures. The missing woman had lived with her in Maryland for several years, and still has acquaintances there, she said. Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson said Philadelphia police were working with Maryland authorities and the FBI to search the area.

Sunday, a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither screaming for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. The incident was also captured on surveillance video.

A witness told police the woman was screaming for help as the suspect forced her into a car, and that she kicked out two of the car's rear windows as she attempted to fight him off. The witness told CBS Philly the suspect had a large knife, which fell to the ground during the struggle, along with Freeland-Gaither's glasses and cellphone.

Police told 48 Hours' Crimesider it appears that Freeland-Gaither was targeted at random, and that the suspect appeared to have been watching her before the abduction.


Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

Philadelphia Police via CBS Philly

"Just release her," said the victim's father, Carl Freeland, said at the news conference, reports CBS Philly. "I'm not asking for anything else."

Freeland-Gaither, a nursing assistant at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia, had graduated from high school in Maryland and lived with her grandfather in Philadelphia until a couple of months ago, when she moved in with her boyfriend, relatives said.

The FBI is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. That's in addition to rewards totaling $17,000 from local officials.

Freeland-Gaither is described as a black female, 5'3″ tall, 125 pounds with brown eyes. Police say she has braided hair and has a tattoo on her lower back, and was last seen wearing a light blue jean jacket, a gray and white sweater, and was carrying a black backpack.

The suspect is described by police as a black male, five feet, ten inches tall with a medium-heavy build and 25-30 years old. He has a medium brown complexion and was wearing a dark colored jacket with a dark colored hood, possibly a hooded sweatshirt underneath, a dark colored hat and and dark colored pants.

The vehicle is described by police as a 2000-2002 dark gray metallic four-door Ford Taurus with an unknown Pennsylvania license plate, an unknown plate on the front bumper, rear spoiler, and both driver and passenger side rear windows broken out. Police say the vehicle is missing inspection stickers and has an unknown item in the center bottom of the front windshield.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847 or visit