Woman Survives Terrifying Abduction | Caught on Camera: The Untold Stories

Woman Survives Terrifying Abduction | Caught on Camera: The Untold Stories


Narrator:
IT’S EVERY WOMAN’S WORST NIGHTMARE! [ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ]
AND IT’S ALL CAUGHT ON TAPE. YOU HEAR ABOUT AN ABDUCTION, BUT IT’S NOT OFTEN
THAT YOU SEE IT. Grace:
YOU ARE WATCHING
THE ABDUCTOR, THE KIDNAPPER, FORCIBLY TAKE HER. YOU SEE THE VIOLENCE. Narrator:
THE STUNNING VIDEO SHOCKS
PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. INCREDIBLE STORY. Man:
GONE IN 30 SECONDS. AS A PARENT, IT’S A PAIN
THAT DOES NOT GO AWAY. Narrator:
BUT, THERE’S A TWIST. THE VICTIM DEVELOPED
HER OWN STRATEGY. [ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ] [ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ] Narrator:
NOVEMBER 2, 2014. JUST BEFORE 9:40 PM. GERMANTOWN, PHILADELPHIA. IT’S YOUR USUAL,
QUIET SUNDAY NIGHT. A SURVEILLANCE CAMERA
CAPTURES TWO SHADOWY FIGURES AS THEY CROSS THE STREET. YOU SEE HIM SHAKING
THE GIRL’S HAND. DOESN’T SEEM LIKE ANYTHING,
AT FIRST. Narrator:
BUT THIS IS MORE
THAN A HANDSHAKE. THIS IS A KIDNAPPING. ♪♪ YOU SEE SOMEONE BEING DRAGGED
AGAINST THEIR WILL FOR UNKNOWN PURPOSES, AND PROBABLY VERY DANGEROUS
AND NEFARIOUS PURPOSES. Narrator:
THE YOUNG WOMAN FIGHTS
FOR HER LIFE. BUT HER ABDUCTOR, A HOODED
FIGURE DRESSED IN BLACK, OVERPOWERS HER. AT ONE POINT, THE WOMAN
TUMBLES TO THE SIDEWALK BEFORE SHE’S FORCED INTO A CAR. AND IT ALL HAPPENS
IN A MATTER OF SECONDS. THIS WHOLE SITUATION LITERALLY
TOOK PLACE IN 30 SECONDS. Narrator:
THEN, ANOTHER SHOCK. IT WAS A CRAZY SOUND. [ GLASS SHATTERING ] THE CAR WAS LIKE
KINDA ROCKIN’. I HEARD GUNSHOTS. ♪♪ Narrator:
THE KIDNAPPER SPEEDS AWAY WITH THE WOMAN STILL
INSIDE THE CAR. Mihlon:
EVERY SECOND TURNS
INTO A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK. YOU DON’T KNOW IF THE VICTIM
KNOWS THE ASSAILANT WHERE WAS HE GONNA TAKE HER? WHAT WAS HE GONNA DO
WITH HER? [ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ] [ EERIE MUSIC PLAYS ] ♪♪ Narrator:
AROUND 9:30 PM
ON NOVEMBER 2nd, DWAYNE FLETCHER RUNS
OUT TO THE STORE FOR A SNACK. THE ONLY OTHER PERSON
ON THE STREET IS A YOUNG WOMAN
JUST AHEAD OF HIM. IT’S SO DARK AND, WHEN I GOT BEHIND HER,
SHE JUST KEPT LOOKIN’ BACK. SO I WAS LIKE,
“OH, OKAY, WELL, LET ME GET ON THE OTHER SIDE
OF THE STREET, SO SHE COULD FEEL
A LITTLE BIT SAFE.” Narrator:
THE WOMAN WALKS
OUT OF HIS VIEW, BUT, MINUTES LATER,
HE HEARS A SCREAM. AAAAH! DWAYNE HAS AN AWFUL FEELING
IT’S THE SAME WOMAN, SO HE IMMEDIATELY DIALS 911. IT WASN’T A FOR-SURE THING. IT WAS JUST GOIN’
WITH MY INSIDE GUT. Narrator:
DWAYNE RUNS TOWARDS
THE SCREAMS. FROM A BLOCK AWAY, HE SEES
THE WOMAN BEING DRAGGED DOWN THE STREET
AND FORCED INTO A CAR. IT WAS LIKE A LOTTA COMMOTION
INSIDE OF THE CAR AND THE WINDOWS JUST EXPLODED. [ GLASS SHATTERING ] AND I THINK
SHE PROBABLY GOT SHOT. [ SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS ] [ TIRES SCREECHING ] [ SIREN WAILING ] BUT, WHEN THE POLICE ARRIVE, THEY CAN’T FIND
ANY BULLETS OR CASINGS. THEY DON’T THINK
THE WOMAN WAS SHOT. THEY THINK SHE BROKE
THE GLASS ON PURPOSE. HER CELLPHONE WAS LAYIN’
IN THE STREET. HER GLASSES WAS
LAYIN’ IN THE STREET. Narrator:
SHE’S LEFT THEM CLUES AND, WITH HER CELLPHONE,
THEY QUICKLY IDENTIFY HER. [ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ] 22-YEAR-OLD NURSE’S AIDE
CARLESHA FREELAND-GAITHER. SHE COMES FROM A BIG FAMILY AND IS THE OLDEST
OF SEVEN CLOSE SIBLINGS AND WAS JUST ON HER WAY HOME
FROM A FAMILY GATHERING. WALKING DOWN THE STREET
MINDING YOUR BUSINESS AND SOMEBODY CAN COME
AND JUST GRAB YOU. [sigh]
THIS IS EMOTIONAL FOR ME. ♪♪ [crying] SORRY. SORRY. Narrator:
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT,
IN JUST 30 SECONDS, SHE’S GONE? ♪♪ THE ONE THING
POLICE ARE CERTAIN OF IS THEY HAVE A FIGHTER
ON THEIR HANDS. THIS GIRL WAS VERY BRAVE
AND ATTEMPTED TO DO WHATEVER SHE COULD
TO FIGHT BACK. CARLESHA LEFT THE PHONE THERE AS A WAY FOR YOU
TO TRACK HER DOWN. SHE’S AN INTELLIGENT
GIRL, YES. Narrator:
BY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, A MASSIVE MANHUNT IS UNDERWAY
FOR CARLESHA’S KIDNAPPER AND THE SEDAN
HE FORCED HER INTO AND VIDEO OF HER
CHILLING ABDUCTION MAKES WORLDWIDE NEWS. [ STATIC CRACKLES ]
[English accent]
A WOMAN WAS DRAGGED DOWN THE STREET
IN PHILADELPHIA. [ STATIC CRACKLES ] Narrator:
POLICE AND CARLESHA’S FAMILY
PLEAD FOR HELP. [ Sobbing ] IT’S EVERY PARENT’S
WORST NIGHTMARE. AS A PARENT, YOUR BIGGEST FEAR IS
FOR SOMEONE TO HURT YOUR CHILD. YOU ALWAYS WANNA
PROTECT THEM AND THE MOMENT
THAT YOU CAN’T… ♪♪ Narrator:
THEN, 24 HOURS
INTO THE SEARCH, POLICE GET THEIR FIRST BREAK. A MAN IS CAUGHT ON CAMERA
USING CARLESHA’S ATM CARD. ♪♪ THE BANK VIDEO IS RECORDED THE MORNING AFTER
CARLESHA IS ABDUCTED, AT 6:01 AM, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, IN ABERDEEN, MARYLAND, 80 MILES SOUTH OF PHILADELPHIA. JUST MINUTES LATER,
AT 6:03 AM, THE MAN IS
CAUGHT ON CAMERA AGAIN. THE PERSON BELIEVED
TO BE THE SUSPECT WALKING THROUGH A GAS STATION CONVENIENCE STORE IN MARYLAND. [ SUSPENSEFUL CHORD STRIKES ] Narrator:
THEN, ON TUESDAY,
NOVEMBER 4th, 48 HOURS INTO THE KIDNAPPING, A WOMAN WHO LIVES FIVE MILES
AWAY FROM ABERDEEN COMES FORWARD. SHE FINDS SOME STRANGE THINGS
IN HER DRIVEWAY… A CUT ZIP-TIE, FOOD WRAPPERS, BROKEN GLASS, AND A RECEIPT. POLICE TRACK THE RECEIPT
TO A SUPERMARKET, AND MORE VIDEO. TURNS OUT, THE VIDEO IS FROM THE
DAY OF CARLESHA’S ABDUCTION, AT A SUPERMARKET
IN PHILADELPHIA. ♪♪ LUCKY FOR POLICE, THE MAN’S FACE
IS CLEARLY VISIBLE. ♪♪ BUT NONE OF THE VIDEOS
SHOW CARLESHA. SO, WHERE IS SHE? IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT. WE WERE PREPARIN’
FOR THE WORST — SHE WAS DEAD. SHE WAS GONE. ♪♪ Narrator:
THREE DAYS INTO THE ABDUCTION,
ON NOVEMBER 5th, POLICE FINALLY IDENTIFY
CARLESHA’S ABDUCTOR — 37-YEAR-OLD DELVIN BARNES — AND THEY ALERT THE MEDIA
THAT BARNES, WHO HAS A LONG HISTORY
OF VIOLENT CRIME, IS THE SUSPECT IN ANOTHER
ABDUCTION, IN VIRGINIA, JUST ONE MONTH EARLIER. A 16-YEAR-OLD RICHMOND GIRL WHO NARROWLY ESCAPED
WITH HER LIFE. HE RAPED HER, THEN POURED
BLEACH AND GASOLINE ON HER AND BEGAN DIGGING HER GRAVE. Narrator:
WHAT IF CARLESHA FACES
THE SAME FATE? HER ENTIRE FAMILY PRAYS, WILLING THEIR BELOVED SISTER
AND DAUGHTER TO STAY STRONG. CARLESHA’S EXTREMELY SMART. I KNOW SHE WILL FIND A WAY
BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT SHE DO. ♪♪ Narrator:
THREE DAYS AFTER CARLESHA IS ABDUCTED, POLICE, WHO HAVE WORKED
AROUND THE CLOCK TO FIND HER, FINALLY GET THE LEAD THEY NEED, FROM THE VIRGINIA DEALERSHIP
WHERE DELVIN BARNES GOT HIS CAR. IT TURNS OUT THAT THE DEALER,
FOR SOME FINANCIAL CONCERNS, HAD PLACED A GPS DEVICE
ON THE CAR. MINUTES LATER, THEY LOCATE
THE CAR IN A PARKING LOT. Narrator:
THE CAR IS PARKED
AT A SHOPPING MALL IN JESSUP, MARYLAND, 120 MILES FROM WHERE
CARLESHA IS KIDNAPPED. THE REAR PASSENGER
WINDOW IS MISSING, COVERED WITH A PIECE
OF PLASTIC. WHEN DELVIN BARNES MOVES
FROM THE BACK OF THE CAR INTO THE DRIVER’S SEAT,
FBI AND ATF AGENTS SWARM IN. AND FIND CARLESHA INSIDE. I REMEMBER A WHOLE BUNCH
OF YELLING AND I WAS STILL
KIND OF CONFUSED. “HOW’D Y’ALL FIND ME?” CARLESHA FREELAND
HAS BEEN RESCUED. HER ABDUCTOR HAS BEEN ARRESTED. [ APPLAUSE ] Narrator:
BARNES IS HELD
ON FEDERAL CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING AND ASSAULT, AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF THE 16-YEAR-OLD
FROM VIRGINIA. HE’S A VICIOUS PREDATOR. HE’S OFF THE STREETS
AND, HOPEFULLY, HE’LL BE IN JAIL
FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE. ♪♪ Narrator:
CARLESHA IS CHECKED
AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL, THEN, REUNITED WITH FAMILY. [crying] WHEN THEY ALLOWED ME
TO WALK INTO THE ROOM AND CARLESHA SAW ME,
IT WAS TOO EMOTIONAL FOR ME. [ HITCHING SOBS ] ♪♪ I NEVER BEEN SO HAPPY
IN MY LIFE. Narrator:
THE UNIMAGINABLE
72-HOUR ORDEAL LEAVES CARLESHA TRAUMATIZED. I WAS THINKIN’,
“IS THIS HOW I WANNA DIE?” CARLESHA’S ABDUCTION
WAS COMPLETELY RANDOM. WHEN BARNES FIRST
APPROACHES HER, HE PRETENDS TO ASK
FOR DIRECTIONS. BUT WHEN HE SHAKES HER HAND,
SHE KNOWS SOMETHING IS WRONG. AS I TRIED TO PULL AWAY,
HE GRIPPED TIGHTER… Narrator:
SOMEHOW, IN THE HORRIFYING
30 SECONDS THAT FOLLOW, AS SHE’S DRAGGED DOWN THE STREET AND REALIZES
SHE’S BEING KIDNAPPED, CARLESHA COMES UP WITH A PLAN. HOPEFULLY,
SOMEBODY WILL SEE IT AND KNOW THAT I WAS THERE, THAT I WAS TRYING
TO GET HOME. Narrator:
THEN, WHEN BARNES
FORCES HER INTO HIS CAR, SHE TRIES TO ESCAPE. UNDER HIS SEAT… I HIT HIM WITH THE HAMMER. IT WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. I THOUGHT… I WANTED TO KNOW
IF HE WAS GONNA KILL ME OR IF HE WAS GOING
TO RAPE ME. ♪♪ OR BOTH. ♪♪ Narrator:
AS THEY DRIVE
OUT OF PHILADELPHIA, CARLESHA’S WORLD PASSES BY. [crying] I COULD SEE STILL
OUT THE WINDOW AND I COULD SEE MY HOME. ♪♪ I COULD SEE MY JOB. IT’S LIKE MY LIFE WAS PASSING
BEFORE MY EYES. [sob] Narrator:
BARNES KNOWS THE POLICE
WILL BE LOOKING FOR HIM, BUT HE’S PREPARED. HE HAS A PILE OF LICENSE PLATES
HE KEEPS SWAPPING OUT. I CAN HEAR HIM SWITCHING THEM,
LIKE WHEN WE STOP. Narrator:
SHE HEARS ALL OF THIS FROM INSIDE THE TRUNK
OF HIS CAR. BARNES USES A ZIP-TIE
TO HANDCUFF HER AND, WHEN HE’S NOT
ASSAULTING HER, MAKES HER HIDE IN THE TRUNK. THE SEAT… BUT IN THE CAR. SO, HE’LL PUT THE SEAT DOWN
AND I’LL CRAWL IN THE TRUNK AND THEN,
HE’LL PUT THE SEAT UP. SO — [ CRYING ] SORRY. ♪♪ Narrator:
FIVE YEARS LATER, IT’S STILL DIFFICULT
FOR CARLESHA TO TALK ABOUT. BUT SHE ALSO KNOWS
HOW BRAVE SHE WAS, AND THAT ANOTHER WOMAN MIGHT
NOT HAVE HAD HER STRENGTH. I’M HAPPY HE CHOSE ME. ‘CAUSE, WHEN I THINK
ABOUT SOMEBODY ELSE, I WOULDN’T WANNA
PUT THEM THROUGH THAT. Narrator:
WHEN POLICE LOCATE THE CAR
IN THE MARYLAND PARKIN’ LOT, IT TURNS OUT
THEY’RE JUST IN TIME. BARNES WAS MOMENTS AWAY
FROM STEALING A CAR SO HIS SEDAN
COULDN’T BE TRACKED. HE SAID THAT WE NEEDED
ANOTHER CAR ‘CAUSE HE WAS RUNNIN’ OUT
OF LICENSE PLATES TO SWITCH. Narrator:
FINALLY, CARLESHA IS SAFE. ♪♪ IN 2016, BARNES IS SENTENCED
TO 35 YEARS. IT’S DIFFICULT FOR HER FAMILY
TO SEE HIM IN COURT. I THINK ABOUT WHAT HE DID
TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER. HE’S A MONSTER. I JUST WANNA TALK TO HIM. WHY? THE EVIL THINGS
THAT HE’S DONE TO PEOPLE. IT WAS HARD. Narrator:
CARLESHA IS NOW A MOM AND SHE CAN’T STOP THINKING
ABOUT THE FACT THAT BARNES IS A PARENT, TOO. HE HAS A DAUGHTER, AND CARLESHA WISHES SHE
COULD SAY SOMETHING TO HER. I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY SHE HAD
TO SEE THAT. [ MELANCHOLY TUNE PLAYS ] Narrator:
BUT CARLESHA REALIZES THAT, IF HER KIDNAPPING WASN’T
CAUGHT ON TAPE, SHE MIGHT NOT BE ALIVE. AND, EVEN IF IT’S
HARD TO WATCH, SHE HOPES HER STORY
INSPIRES PEOPLE. I JUST HOPE THEY COULD JUST
REALLY LEARN FROM MY STORY, TO NOT GIVE UP,
TO KEEP FIGHTING.

17 thoughts on “Woman Survives Terrifying Abduction | Caught on Camera: The Untold Stories”

  1. Man this was the most intense show I've watched in a long time. Girl you are amazing and have such a beautiful soul. Such strength we should all aspire to.

  2. Our justice system, we don't truly sentence victim crime perpetrators severely/fairly/adequately enough to punish, nor deter, nor protect society. A crime this damaging to the victim and survivors, one that had the victim not been smart enough or lucky enough to outwit her abductor, would most likely have resulted in her death. In this tpe of case…35 years is not a just or adequate sentence. 35 years in prison for this?…it is just a "court scheduled setup" for his next victim.

  3. HOW MISOGYNISTIC IT IT TO PEPPER THE COUNTRY WITH MEN KNOWN TO BE DANGEROUS? If human lives mattered, he would not have been free after what he has already done. Sick of living as prey!

  4. This is so scary! How fast something could happen and be gone in the blink of an eye. Thank God Carlesha had the strength and courage to keep fighting! And thank God for the young man who heard it and called it in. The fast response time helped tremendously. Women do not need to be out walking anywhere at night. It’s too dangerous in these times.

  5. Bless her, the other guy and the whole team of cops who rescued her.
    It was not lost on me how much of a good man he was to do the things he did – he was considerate enough to cross the road, follow his gut and do something for her.
    This young lady, oh man, her smarts are what saved her too! 🙏
    Remember to make your attacker bleed at the scene, if you can, and leave their blood there too (if possible).

  6. What an amazing young woman!
    For her to say she's happy he chose her, because she wouldn't want it to happen to somebody else.., wow!

    I'm so pleased she survived and has been able to move forward with her life.

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