Reward jumps to $75,000 in Phila. school kidnapping

January 25, 2013 8:02:06 PM PST
The reward has jumped to $75,000 in an effort to find the suspects who kidnapped and brutalized a 5-year-old girl in Philadelphia.

The FBI and the U.S. Marshals have joined Philadelphia Police in their hunt for the people responsible.

Action News has learned that the girl was kidnapped and also brutally assaulted.

"Beautiful innocent child who was horribly injured, the crime here is as heinous a crime as has ever been committed in this city," said Tom Kline.

Kline, who represents the child and her mother, described the horrific attack that took place last week.

This after the 5-year-old girl was kidnapped from her classroom at Bryant Elementary by a woman dressed in Muslim garb.

The anger among African American leaders brought together by Jerry Mondesire of the NAACP was intense.

"Let's do everything in our power here today to find out who these suckers are," said Bilal Qayyum, Father's Day Rally Committee.

"I will work night and day from now until the time this person's condemn to hell," said State Senator Anthony Hardy Williams.

To that end, Senator Williams raised $30,000 to the reward being offered for the capture of the man and woman being sought.

Indeed, that reward has now skyrocketed to $75,000 and is likely to rise as word of the brutality of the crime spreads.

"It's gutless, it's heartless, it's inhumane. We will find you, we'll do whatever it takes," said Mayor Michael Nutter.

The people responsible are believed to live within a four block area of the school in the 6000 block of Cedar Avenue.

"That neighborhood should not, cannot return to normal until someone and we know someone out there knows who perpetrated this crime," said Capt. John Darby, Philadelphia Police.

For his part, Senator Williams says he will continue to raise reward money until the predators are hunted down.

"We are going to turn up the heat," said Williams.

Law enforcement officials will also be turning up the heat until the suspects are brought to justice.

The woman being sought has been described as a dark-skinned black woman in her late 20s, standing 5' 5" to 5' 8" tall, with a thin build and possibly pregnant. Police say she told the child her name was Rashida.

The man being sought is described as a light-skinned, possibly white, man in his mid-thirties with short brown hair. The girl told police he was wearing sweat pants and a blue long-sleeved t-shirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call Philadelphia Police at 215-686-TIPS (8477), send a text message to PPD TIP (773847) or send a tip through

The $75,000 reward includes donations from:

The Office of Senator Anthony Hardy Williams:
$30,000 for the arrest
The Office of Mayor Michael Nutter:
$10,000 reward for the arrest
NAACP Phila., Black Clergy and other African American Leaders:
$10,000 for the arrest
Local 332 Laborers District Council:
$10,000 for the arrest
The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5:
$5,000 reward for the arrest
U.S. Marshals
$5,000 for the arrest:
The Citizens Crime Commission
$5,000 for the arrest and conviction