Man charged in Philly abduction has history of violence

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Philadelphia Abduction Suspect Extradited to Virginia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The man accused of grabbing a Philadelphia woman off the street this week and taking her to Maryland has a history of violence, choking his ex-wife a decade ago and abducting a 16-year-old Virginia girl just last month with the intention of killing her, authorities say.

But neither of Delvin Barnes' most recent victims submitted meekly, police said.

The teenager managed to escape as Barnes was digging her intended grave. A month later, 22-year-old Philadelphia resident Carlesha Freeland-Gaither fought her attacker even while bound - and left a breadcrumb for police in the form of her cellphone.

"She's really a very, very strong young woman and just very, very lucky to have survived this," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told The Associated Press on Thursday, a day after federal agents rescued Freeland-Gaither and arrested her alleged abductor.

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CORRECTS DATE TO WEDNESDAY - Family members surround Keisha Gaither, second from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, as they celebrate following a news conference in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, where investigators announced the woman seen on a surveillance video being abducted by a man off a Philadelphia street has been found safe outside Baltimore. Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was found in Jessup, Maryland, and the man who took her was arrested, police said Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
ATF Special agent Timothy Jones conducts a news conference Wednesday Nov. 5, 2014, in the parking lot in Jessup, Md., where Delvin Barnes was arrested after the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaitherin. Freeland-Gaither, who had some minor injuries, was generally doing OK, police said. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
This photo provided by the Philadelphia Police Department shows Delvin Barnes, 37. Barnes was arrested Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, in reference to the abduction of Carlesha Freeland Gaither. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)
ATF Special agent Timothy Jones speaks during a news conference about the arrest of the kidnapper of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither at the parking lot of the Jessup shopping center, in Jessup, Md., on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. Authorities said the man, Delvin Barnes, was being held Wednesday night on an unrelated Virginia warrant alleging attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives or fire, and he would face federal charges in the Philadelphia abduction. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
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This image taken from video released by the Philadelphia Police Department on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, shows a man at a gas station mini-mart in Aberdeen, Md. Police are searching for the man in connection to the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither from a Philadelphia street on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Philadelphia Police Department)
Keisha Gaither, left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is comforted during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, center, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. A bank card belonging to Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a woman abducted Sunday night from a Philadelphia street, was used Tuesday morning, Nov. 4, 2014 in Maryland, police said. This is a fresh lead in a case that quickly gained attention after police released black-and-white surveillance video showing the 22-year-old woman flailing in vain as a man rushed her along a sidewalk to a parked car. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, seated at center, mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, as she speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Keisha Gaither, center, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither is overcome by emotion during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Keisha Gaither, third from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, answers questions during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, third from left, mother of kidnapping victim Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
Family members surround Keisha Gaither, seated at center, mother of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, during a news conference in Philadelphia on Tuesday Nov. 2, 2014. The reward is up to $15,000 for information leading to an arrest in the reported abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. The Fraternal Order of Police added its own $5,000 reward Tuesday to the $10,000 the city approved Monday for information on the disappearance of 22-year-old Freeland-Gaither. Detectives say a witness reported seeing a woman identified as Freeland-Gaither yelling for help as she was forced into a dark gray four-door vehicle at about 9:40 p.m. Sunday in Germantown. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)
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Barnes, 37, was charged federally with kidnapping. Court documents filed Thursday night said Barnes confessed and told authorities he didn't know the victim, whose abduction Sunday night was captured on surveillance video seen nationwide.

Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives found Barnes' vehicle - its rear window kicked out by Freeland-Gaither - on a road in Jessup, Maryland, with Barnes and the kidnapped woman lying next to each other in the back seat. After her rescue, she was taken to a hospital but was soon reunited with her mother and other family members, who took her home to Philadelphia.

"Obviously, she's got a long recovery period. The psychological trauma is really something that you can't measure," Ramsey said. "It's going to take time for those wounds to heal, if ever. But she's home, that's the main thing."

Barnes was released a year ago after serving eight years in prison for a 2005 assault on his estranged wife and her family in Philadelphia. Barnes beat and choked her, punched her mother in the face and hit her father in the head with a glass bowl, court records show.

Pennsylvania's parole board repeatedly denied Barnes early release because it said he lacked remorse and posed a threat to the community.

At the time of his arrest in the kidnapping case, Barnes was wanted in connection with the abduction of a 16-year-old Richmond girl who authorities say was hit in the head with a shovel, stuffed into the trunk of a car and taken to a weathered mobile home 30 miles southeast of Richmond. There, Barnes ordered the teen to take off her clothes, set them on fire and doused her in bleach and gasoline, said sheriff's Capt. Jayson Crawley of Charles City County, Virginia.

She escaped while Barnes was digging a hole, he said.

Authorities identified Barnes as the assailant through DNA obtained from the victim. They also got a picture of Barnes' vehicle from a traffic camera - and that turned out to be the big break that helped police find Freeland-Gaither.

Authorities spotted a used-car dealer's name on the photo and recognized the dealership as one that routinely puts GPS devices on its cars. Crawley said the dealership sells to customers with poor credit and relies on GPS when it needs to find and repossess cars whose owners have fallen behind on the payments.

"We called the dealership, and within five minutes they had the location," he said.

ATF agents surrounded the car Wednesday afternoon, took Barnes into custody and checked Freeland-Gaither for injuries.

"She was completely hysterical and emotionally drained and was finally relieved knowing that she was safe," said Tim Jones, ATF agent in charge in Lanham, Maryland.

On Thursday, a Maryland judge ordered Barnes sent to Virginia following a hearing in which he answered yes-and-no questions and did not have an attorney with him.

The Baltimore County Department of Corrections said Friday that Barnes was taken to Virginia overnight. He was booked Friday on charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and assault at the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George.

No court appearance had yet been scheduled for him.

Ramsey said it might be a while before Barnes faces justice in Pennsylvania. But that hardly mattered to a relieved Philadelphia police chief.

"He's not going to see the light of day," Ramsey said. "He's off the street and he can't harm anybody else ever again, hopefully."

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