Police: Abducted woman's ATM card used in Maryland

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A bank card belonging to a woman abducted Sunday night from a Philadelphia street was used Tuesday morning in Maryland, police said.

Detectives said security images showed a man using Carlesha Freeland-Gaither's card at 6 a.m. at an ATM just off a highway exit for Aberdeen, about 75 miles from Philadelphia.

Chief Inspector Dennis Wilson said Philadelphia police were working with Maryland authorities and the FBI to search the area.

It was a fresh lead in a case that quickly gained attention after police released black-and-white surveillance video showing the 22-year-old woman flailing in vain as a man rushed her along a sidewalk to a parked car.

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CORRECTS DATE TO WEDNESDAY - Family members surround Keisha Gaither, second from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, as they celebrate following a news conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, where investigators announced the woman seen on a surveillance video being abducted by a man off a Philadelphia street has been found safe outside Baltimore. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was found in Jessup, Maryland, and the man who took her was arrested, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
ATF Special agent Timothy Jones conducts a news conference Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014, in the parking lot in Jessup, Md., where Delvin Barnes was arrested after the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaitherin. Freeland-Gaither, who had some minor injuries, was generally doing OK, police said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
This photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Delvin Barnes, 37. Barnes was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in reference to the abduction of Carlesha Freeland Gaither. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)
ATF Special agent Timothy Jones speaks during a news conference about the arrest of the kidnapper of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither at the parking lot of the Jessup shopping center, in Jessup, Md., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Authorities said the man, Delvin Barnes, was being held Wednesday night on an unrelated Virginia warrant alleging attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives or fire, and he would face federal charges in the Philadelphia abduction. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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This image taken from video released by the Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, shows a man at a gas station mini-mart in Aberdeen, Md. Police are searching for the man in connection to the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither from a Philadelphia street on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)
Keisha Gaither, left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is comforted during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, center, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. A bank card belonging to Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a woman abducted Sunday night from a Philadelphia street, was used Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2014 in Maryland, police said. This is a fresh lead in a case that quickly gained attention after police released black-and-white surveillance video showing the 22-year-old woman flailing in vain as a man rushed her along a sidewalk to a parked car. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, seated at center, mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, as she speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Keisha Gaither, center, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is overcome by emotion during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Keisha Gaither, third from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, answers questions during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, third from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, seated at center, mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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The FBI said Tuesday it would offer a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect. Local officials previously pledged $17,000 in rewards.

"Our goal is the safe return of Carlesha to her family and friends," Christian Zajac, the assistant special agent in charge of the FBI's Philadelphia office, said at a news conference.

Several of Freeland-Gaither's relatives also spoke. Her grandmother Ana Mulero said the missing woman had lived with her in Maryland for several years and still had acquaintances there.

"Just return her to us, to her family," Mulero said. "We need her."

A witness called 911 at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday and reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither screaming for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle.

Police said Freeland-Gaither's glasses and cellphone were dropped on the street, near piles of broken auto glass.

The witness said Freeland-Gaither - described by her parents as easy going until she's threatened - broke the car's rear side windows before the vehicle sped off.

Police said they were unsure if Freeland-Gaither might have known her abductor or whether there was more than one person involved.

Police said the suspect is in his 20s and about 5-foot-10 with a medium to heavy build. They said he is likely driving a gray, four-door Ford sedan - the vehicle in the surveillance video - likely built between 2000 and 2002.

Freeland-Gaither's parents circulated fliers in Germantown, the neighborhood where she lived and was last seen. Facebook groups sprung up with prayers for her safe return.

Mayor Michael Nutter approved a $10,000 city reward Monday for information on Freeland-Gaither's disappearance.

John McNesby, the President of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, said Tuesday the union would offer an additional $5,000 reward. The Citizens Crime Commission added $2,000.

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