November 8, 2014 |
The 22-year-old Germantown woman who survived a violent abduction returned home to her family Thursday, the same day her alleged kidnapper was charged in federal court with abducting her and spiriting her across state lines. And new details emerged on how authorities in three states hunted Delvin Barnes, 37, as he fled from Philadelphia with Carlesha Freeland-Gaither bound in the backseat of a used Ford Taurus whose side windows she kicked out in her struggle to escape. Federal prosecutors charged Barnes with kidnapping Freeland-Gaither and taking her to Maryland, where both were found Wednesday night in a parking lot in Jessup.
November 6, 2014 |
The investigators watching the sedan with the broken windows in the parking lot in Jessup, Md., on Wednesday evening saw two figures in the backseat: a man and a woman they hoped was a 22-year-old from Philadelphia who had been violently abducted three days earlier. Then the man climbed into the front seat and tried to pull away. The ATF agents closed in with guns drawn. The man surrendered without a fight. The terrified woman in the backseat gave her name: Carlesha. And with that, the three-day ordeal that stretched across state lines and galvanized police and the public came to an end, with Carlesha Freeland-Gaither injured but safe, and a wanted man with a history of violence in custody.
November 4, 2014 |
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was almost home. The 22-year-old from Germantown had spent Sunday night at her godson's birthday party and going home around 9:40 p.m. on the 100 block of West Coulter Street, her family said. She had moved to the neighborhood with her boyfriend just two months before. And she was a five-minute walk from her home when, police say, someone stalked her, grabbed her, and dragged her, screaming, into a waiting car. In her struggle to break free, police said, she kicked out two windows in her assailant's car before it sped off. On Monday morning, crime-scene investigators swept auto glass from the tree-lined street where Freeland-Gaither was abducted, while her stunned family handed out fliers on the sidewalk.
September 26, 2014 |
One man was killed and two others wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon outside a North Philadelphia charter school. The Pan American Academy Charter School, at Cambria and American Streets, was briefly placed on lockdown. Police said no students at the elementary school were injured. Capt. Mike Cram of the 25th District said police were called around 1 p.m. after several people dialed 911 to report gunshots. Cram said two men had been involved in a gun battle on Cambria, one firing from a Ford Taurus, and the other on the sidewalk.
August 5, 2014
FORGET THE World Cup. Forget the Phillies. (Really.) Forget the Sixers. (Please.) Philadelphia owns a world record. The Philadelphia Parking Authority ticketed a motorist for "meter expired" even before he got out of his car. Here's what happened, according to ticketee Brian Yan: It was about 11 a.m. July 10, and he had dropped his girlfriend off on Arch Street near 22nd. He turned onto 22nd and pulled his white 2010 Ford Taurus into a parking space to get a cup of coffee.
April 25, 2014 |
Philippe Holland's last delivery of the night Tuesday, a cheeseburger deluxe to a West Philadelphia rowhouse, was an order so small he didn't bother to carry his pizza delivery bag. His hoodie was up, his hands in his pockets, police say, as he walked back to his gold Ford Taurus, parked on 51st Street near Willows Avenue. The 20-year-old from Upper Darby had been running orders two nights a week for Slices & More for a few weeks. That was on top of another job at an airport restaurant.
March 9, 2014 |
I pulled the ticket-me red Viper into a parking space near the supermarket entrance, and silenced the massive V10's side exhausts. As my wife and I got out, a thirtysomething woman and her barely teenage male passenger pulled up behind us in a black Ford Taurus. "Your car is just awesome," she said through a broad smile. "I've been following you up the road and in here just so my son and I could look at it. Must be fun. " "He only has it for a week," explained my wife, who probably wishes a week had five days, given her aversion to my boy racer proclivities in sports cars with lots of horsepower - 640 in this case.
September 6, 2013 |
A Willingboro man was sentenced to 66 years in prison Wednesday for attempting to kill a Camden City officer two years ago while running from police. Adam Reed, 32, was found guilty of attempted murder and weapons and drug charges, including possession with intent to distribute cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Reed must serve more than 47 years before he is eligible for parole. On June 22, 2011, city narcotics detectives with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force conducting surveillance of drug activity on Newton Avenue, between Spruce and Pine Streets in the Bergen Square neighborhood, saw Reed selling drugs from the trunk of a Ford Taurus, officials said.
June 27, 2013
A 19-year-old man was killed in a car crash Tuesday afternoon that injured the second driver, police said. About 4:40 p.m., a red 2001 Ford Taurus was heading south on Lincoln Drive near Morris Street when it veered into the path of a northbound white 2002 Toyota Tacoma, police said. Both vehicles burst into flames. The driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota, a 31-year-old man, was taken to Einstein Medical Center and reported in stable condition.