Disturbing video shows man dragging woman into car, abduction caught on camera

Posted at 11:23 AM, Nov 04, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-04 13:45:21-05

PHILADELPHIA - Even without sound, the video is disturbing.

In a series of black and white images, it shows a man appearing to drag a woman down the street and force her into a car.

Philadelphia Police released the footage Monday in the hopes of catching the suspect, who they describe as an unknown black male of medium-heavy build, 25 to 30 years old.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither

He's seen in the video wearing a dark jacket with a hood, a dark hat and dark pants.

Police have identified the victim as 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

She was taken in the Germantown-Penn Knox part of the city, shortly before 10 p.m. ET Sunday night.

A witness reported that Freeland-Gaither yelled for help.

The video shows her tussling on the ground with her abductor and being forced into a four-door vehicle, possibly a gray Ford Taurus.

Just before the vehicle pulled away, Freeland-Gaither broke out the driver and passenger side rear windows, police said.

Her glasses and cell phone were dropped onto the road.

"If you see this suspect do not approach him, contact 911 immediately," police wrote.

To submit a tip by telephone, dial (215) 686-TIPS (8477) or text a tip to PPD TIP or 773847. All tips will be confidential.

By Dana Ford for CNN