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Virginia teen found ‘bloody and naked’ last month connected to Philadelphia abduction case

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Delvin Barnes

CHARLES CITY COUNTY, Va. — A Richmond teenager found “bloody and naked” last month is connected to the recent Philadelphia abduction case.

Police confirmed to WTVR Wednesday night that Delvin Barnes was named a suspect in the abduction and rape of a Richmond teen.

The 16- year-old girl’s family reported her missing in Richmond on Oct 1. Two days later the teenager showed up at a Charles City County business — naked, bleeding and covered in burns reeking of bleach and gasoline.

DNA matched Barnes — evidence that came back on Oct. 28.

Barnes, who had an extensive criminal history in the Richmond and Philadelphia area, had a recent July 14 charge in Richmond court, for a bomb burn threat that was dropped. Just four days before DNA would connect Barnes as a suspect in the sexual assault and abduction of the teenager, his case in Richmond was finalized before a judge. WTVR asked police why no public notification was distributed that Barnes’ was a wanted man. Police said strategically they did not want to alert Barnes that they were actively looking for him. They also wanted to protect the victim.

Then on Nov. 2, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was seen on video being kidnapped in Philadelphia. Law enforcement sources tell WTVR that a tip came in that the car shown in Philadelphia surveillance video during the kidnapping belonged to Barnes.

On Wednesday, after Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card was used at a bank in Maryland, police arrested Barnes. He is charged with attempted capital murder, abduction, forcible rape, malicious wounding, malicious wounding with a chemical, and intimate object penetration.

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