PassTime Device Helps Law Enforcement Rescue Woman, Arrest Alleged Abductor

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PassTime device used to assist in the rescue of abducted woman, arrest of suspected kidnapper.

The suspect’s vehicle had been located by law enforcement using the GPS functionality of a PassTime device installed on the car.

A Philadelphia woman, whose abduction was caught on tape, has been rescued - and her suspected kidnapper arrested, in part with help from GPS of a PassTime device.

Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a 22 year-old woman who was abducted on Sunday night in Philadelphia, was rescued from the car of her alleged kidnapper, 37-year-old Delvin Barnes, in a Jessup, Maryland, parking lot Wednesday afternoon, officials said. The suspect’s vehicle had been located by law enforcement using the GPS functionality of a PassTime device installed on the car.

Law enforcement narrowed in on the suspect after getting a tip from the ATF Office in Richmond, Virginia which was investigating Barnes. After seeing surveillance photos, the ATF believed the man may have been the suspect, said Philadelphia detectives.

After using the PassTime GPS device to track the vehicle to a shopping center parking lot, agents swiftly moved in to apprehend the suspect, according to Vince Lattanzio, NBC10 Reporter & Dayside Journalism Lead for NBC10 Digital in Philadelphia. You can read the NBC10 story at http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Abducted-Woman-Found-Alive-in-Maryland-Police-Source-281698261.html (Nov. 6, 2014).

PassTime, which has been in business for over twenty years, manufactures and sells GPS devices used for subprime automotive lending, theft-recovery, and vehicle fleet markets. In the auto finance market, PassTime devices are used by lenders to help assist with timely payment involving consumers with subprime credit. Devices are designed to help remind customers to make payments, and include GPS in the event the lender needs to locate the vehicle. It also offers consumer theft-recovery devices used by customers to help locate their vehicle with GPS in the event of a theft.

While PassTime devices are not designed as law enforcement tools, PassTime has been periodically called on by law enforcement to assist in their investigations.

“First of all, everyone here at PassTime is extremely grateful that Ms. Freeland-Gaither is safe. The hard work of law enforcement led to her rescues and the suspect’s apprehension. We are proud that a PassTime device was instrumental in determining the location of the suspect’s vehicle. It’s a great feeling to know that our devices are helping people- in many different ways,” stated Stan Schwarz, founder and CEO of PassTime.

PassTime devices - which are designed to remind consumers to make their payments and get approved for loans when they have subprime credit – are not typically used to help save a life – but in this instance it may certainly have helped.

For more information please contact PassTime at 877-727-7846 or 303-962-4102, by email info(at)passtimeusa(dot)com or visit http://www.passtimeusa.com

About PassTime
PassTime provides GPS based technology solutions serving the auto finance, fleet and vehicle anti-theft industries. Headquartered in Littleton, Colorado, PassTime was founded in 1992; PassTime revolutionized the automotive finance industry with the creation of its first Automated Collection Technology (ACT) product in 1997 designed to improve customer payment performance and reduce default and repossession risks. The PassTime suite of products has evolved to include GPS tracking, wireless ACT, theft recovery, and fleet solutions. PassTime prides itself on providing high quality, reliable products matched with a 24/7 Live Customer Support center. Today, PassTime’s innovative products are used by thousands of automotive lenders and dealers, fleets, and consumers.

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