Police: Philadelphia suspect also seized woman in Virginia



A month before Delvin Barnes grabbed a woman off a street in Philadelphia, he hit a teen with a shovel in Virginia and stuffed her into the trunk of a car, authorities say.

Barnes, 37, was arrested Wednesday after police tracked him down using his car’s GPS device. The arrest followed his alleged kidnapping of a nurse in Philadelphia.

He was detained about 20 miles southwest of Baltimore.

But before he appears in court for the alleged Philadelphia abduction, he made a detour to Virginia to face charges in another alleged kidnapping.

Maryland extradited him to Virginia, where he was booked and processed Thursday night.

A month apart, but similar

Like in Philadelphia, the abduction in Virginia was brazen.

The kidnappings were a month apart and 275 miles away from each other, but they have some similarities.

Both women were younger than the alleged kidnapper: the one in Virginia was 16, and the latest victim, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, was 22. Police say the teen was sexually abused. CNN does not name victims of sexual abuse.

Though police did not release many details of the Virginia incident, authorities say the victims didn’t know the suspect.

In both cases, their attacker held them for a few days.

Virginia teen held for two days

In Virginia, a family’s nightmare started when the 16-year-old went missing. Relatives called the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office on October 1.

The victim told police she was hit in the head with a shovel and stuffed into the trunk of a car, according to Capt. Jayson Crawley.

She was taken to the home of the suspect’s parents in Charles City County, where she was sexually abused, authorities said.

While there, the suspect showed the teen pictures of other girls he said he had abducted, authorities said.

Two days later, the suspect allegedly brought the then-naked girl into the backyard, poured bleach and gasoline on her, burned her clothes and dug a hole.

When he was briefly distracted, the girl fled into the woods. Two miles away, she stumbled onto a business, and employees brought her inside.

Barnes is charged with abduction, forcible rape and malicious wounding with a chemical, among other charges.

“I just want to kill him — just want to kill him,” the girl’s mother told CNN affiliate WWBT.

The mother says Barnes allegedly told her daughter that he was going to kill her.

After all that her daughter suffered, the mother said, she changed and didn’t look like herself.

“I can forgive him, but could never forget,” the mother told WWBT.

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