There is a deeply upsetting video (below) released by police of the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, 27, who was forced into a car by a man as she walked home from a family party on Sunday evening. It is painful to watch the father of Carlesha beg this man not harm his daughter.
The car itself was parked just outside of the camera range but the man can be seen approaching Carlesha and then grabbing her and pulling her a block into the waiting car. The car is a four-door Ford Taurus and is shown below.
Carlesha was heard screaming for help and reportedly kicked out the window of the car. Her glasses and cellphone were dropped in the street. The car appears to be shaking.
This is a great deal of evidence for a criminal case from the video to the bank shots to the car make. The odds are quite good for an arrest but of course that is not the concern of all of us. The delay in a release of the victim raises obvious fears about the intent of the attacker. I can only imagine what this family must be going through. It is a terrible statement on our society that a woman cannot walk a few blocks around 9 PM without such an abduction. She appears to have fought and screamed as is often recommended. However, the man is shown overpowering her. She is shown dropping to the ground but it does not ultimately prevent the man from forcing her in the car.
Carlesha appears a wonderful person from a very loving family. For me, I am still rocked by the words of her father Carl Freeland, who fought back tears and said “Please just send her back home. Just let my daughter go. Whatever you want, whatever you’re asking for, I’ll give it to you.”