Abducted Woman Found, Suspect Arrested After Good Police Work, Sheer Luck


The arrest of a man for violently abducting a 22-year-old Philadelphia nurse’s assistant was the result of determined police work, a family’s dedication to finding a daughter, and sheer luck, including a credit report so bad it led a car salesman to put a GPS device in the suspect’s car in case it had to be repossessed, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Investigators watching a sedan with broken windows in a Jessup, Md., parking lot yesterday saw two figures in the backseat: a man and a woman they hoped was the abducted woman.

The three-day ordeal that stretched across state lines and galvanized police and the public came to an end, with Carlesha Freeland-Gaither injured but safe, and Delvin Barnes, 37, a wanted man with a history of violence in custody. “He’s a vicious predator,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. “Hopefully, he’ll be off the streets and in jail for the rest of his life, because that’s what he deserves.” Freeland-Gaither was grabbed by a man on the street on Sunday night. The abduction was caught on video that police released on Monday.

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