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Accused Philadelphia Abduction Kidnapper to First Face Charges in Va.

Suspect Delvin Barnes has an extensive criminal history, including charges in the rape and abduction of a 16-year-old girl from Richmond, Virginia.

The man accused of randomly grabbing a Philadelphia woman off the street and kidnapping her to Maryland must first face charges in a rape case in Virginia, police said. Delvin Barnes, 37, was arrested Wednesday after 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither went missing Sunday in a violent abduction caught on surveillance camera. Philadelphia detectives said they worked off of a tip from a car dealer that recognized the suspect in the video, and Barnes and Freeland-Gaither were eventually tracked in his gray Ford Taurus south of Baltimore. Freeland-Gaither was taken to a hospital for undisclosed injuries, but was in good condition, police said Wednesday night.

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No charges from the Philadelphia incident have yet been filed, but Barnes is now being held on an arrest warrant issued by police in Charles City County, Virginia, near Richmond. Authorities there accuse Barnes, a grocery store worker, of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl on Oct. 1. Two days later, the girl arrived at a business two miles from Barnes’ home, investigators said. The girl was naked, bleeding and covered in burns from gasoline and bleach, according to police, NBC Philadelphia reported.

Because of the details of that crime, the Virginia state case will proceed first, sources told NBC News. Those charges will be more serious and could include attempted murder.

Barnes has a lengthy criminal history, including a 2005 incident in which he was accused of holding his estranged wife captive, NBC Philadelphia reported. “Some men grew up having problems with women, so they take it out on women,” Barnes’ uncle, Lamar Barnes, told the station. “Apparently, he’s one of them.”

A court hearing in Maryland to start Barnes’ transfer to Virginia was scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Federal kidnapping charges will eventually be filed against him for the Philadelphia case, sources said.



— Pete Williams