[UPDATE] Carlesha Freeland-Gaither Found Alive

Police say the suspect in her kidnapping was wanted in a separate attempted capital murder case in Virginia.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is alive.

The 22-year-old Germantown woman — whose weekend kidnapping was caught on camera — was found in Maryland earlier this evening. A suspect, Delvin Barnes, was taken into custody.

“I’m taking my baby home,” said Keisha Gaither, Carlesha’s mom, at a 7 p.m. news conference.

Investigators said Barnes’s vehicle was spotted near Jessup, Maryland, early Wednesday evening. A task force composed of multiple local and federal police agencies “surveilled” the vehicle — when Barnes stepped out, they arrested him. Freeland-Gaither was in the vehicle, they said; she had suffered minor injuries during the ordeal.

Authorities said they did not know of a relationship between Barnes and Freeland-Gaither, and were working on the assumption the kidnapping was a “stranger” crime.

Delvin Barnes was also wanted on six felony warrants in Charles City County, Virginia. (Police mugshot)

Delvin Barnes was also wanted on six felony warrants in Charles City County, Virginia. (Police mugshot)

Barnes, 37, is reportedly a Philadelphia native with Virginia ties. He’s being held on a warrant of attempted capital murder from a previous, separate Virginia case. He will be charged at the federal level in Freeland-Gaither’s kidnapping.

“She’s been returned home safely, a dangerous individual is off the streets,” said Philadelphia Police Capt. James Smith.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other investigators credited the media for widely publicizing video of Freeland-Gaither’s kidnapping, along with follow-up images of a “person of interest” seen at Maryland locations following the kidnapping.

Ramsey declined to speculate on Barnes’s motive.

“Don’t know, other than that he’s a thug and this is what he does, apparently,” Ramsey said. “Hopefully, he’ll be in jail the rest of his life. That’s the only thing he deserves.”

[Updated with mugshot at 9:05 p.m.]

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