RICHMOND, Virginia (PIX11) – The suspect in a violent Philadelphia abduction that was caught on video has been tied to a Richmond case in which a missing teen girl was found naked, bleeding and smelling of bleach and gasoline.
Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a 22-year-old nursing student, was dragged off of a downtown street on Sunday, November 2. She struggled with her hooded attacker, but he managed to thrust her into a car. She broke out one of the windows at the scene, and her glasses and cell phone were later found in the street.
Police were able to arrest her suspected kidnapper, 37-year-old Delvin Barnes, after Freeland-Gaither’s ATM card was used at an Aberdeen, Maryland bank. The FBI called him a person of interest after he was spotted on surveillance video in a supermarket.
Now, law enforcement officials say Barnes has a history of violence toward women, and DNA has connected him to another case, according to WTVR. Last month, a Richmond family called police to report that their 16-year-old girl was missing.
The teen was found two days later after she wandered into a business on Route 106 in Charles City County — naked, bleeding, burned and smelling of bleach and gasoline, according to police.
DNA samples taken were a match for Barnes, who has a long rap sheet in both Pennsylvania and Virginia. In the Richmond abduction, Barnes faces charges of attempted capital murder, abduction, forcible rape, malicious wounding, malicious wounding with a chemical and intimate object penetration.
The lab returned the DNA match results Oct. 28, but some questioned why the public wasn’t told that he was suspected — just days before he allegedly grabbed Freeland-Gaither. Police maintain they didn’t want Barnes to know he was being actively sought before they were able to find him.
“He’s a vicious predator, he’s off the streets and hopefully he will be in jail for the rest of his life,” said the Philadelphia Police Commissioner.
Barnes is being held in Jessup, Maryland, on warrant connected to the Virginia case.
Freeland-Gaither was found in “good condition” Sunday after an FBI manhunt, and has been reunited with her family.