By Chelsea Karnash

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Philadelphia Division of the FBI has released new video of a person of interest wanted in connection with the abduction of 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

The video shows a man entering a store then walking through the aisles of the store and paying for his items at checkout.

He is wearing a dark color knit cap, dark pants, multi-colored tennis shoes and a possible chain wallet and appears to be on a cell phone. He also has a very distinctive walk.


Police say Freeland-Gaither was abducted while walking in the 100 block of West Coulter Street in Germantown late Sunday evening. Surveillance cameras captured video of the abduction.

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

During a news conference Tuesday, police confirmed that Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card was used at a bank in Maryland Monday morning. The victim’s family also made a tearful plea for her safe return during that news conference.

“We love her and just want you to return her to us safely,” said the victim’s grandmom, Ana Mulero.

“Just release her,” added the victim’s father, Carl Freeland. “I’m not asking for anything else.”

A candle prayer vigil is being held Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on the 100 block of West Coulter Street, where Carlesha was abducted.

A total reward of $47,000 is being offered in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI or Philadelphia Police immediately.


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