Philadelphia man hailed hero for help in Carlesha Freeland-Gaither abduction case

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Dwayne Fletcher says he was just doing what he thinks anyone in that situation would do. (WPVI)

Police are hailing a Philadelphia man as a hero for his quick response which they say helped investigators crack the abduction case of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither.

Dwayne Fletcher says he was just doing what he thinks anyone in that situation would do.

He didn't know Freeland-Gaither but says he couldn't ignore her screams for help.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither



"When she was screaming for help, it seemed like she was calling for me because no one else was out here, no one else was out here," said Fletcher.

Fletcher was walking down Greene Street, on the opposite side of Freeland-Gaither, for two blocks on Sunday night.

"I made a left on Coulter and when I get almost to the middle of the block I hear a scream. When I hear a scream, I turn around and I see images tussling," said Fletcher.

He called police as he ran toward the scuffle.

"When I get close, he was already by the car, and I hear this bang on the window and I thought was gunshots. I backed up and when I backed up a couple of seconds later he pulled off and I see a cell phone and the glasses and then I see a blade on the ground," said Fletcher.

Once again Fletcher called police.

The memory of what happened haunted him. He took to Facebook begging for the public's help, writing "I don't know her but she screamed help to me. I tried and failed. I can't sleep."

Police say his immediate called helped them track Freeland-Gaither down and reunited her with her family.

Fletcher says him it was just the right thing to do.

"One of my family members, somebody else's family members could have been the next victim. You don't know how many victims a guy like this has got - them type of people, to me, are sick.

Police said Thursday that they think Fletcher deserves a reward for his role in helping this case.

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