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September 10, 2015

Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping Philadelphia Woman Off a City Street

PHILADELPHIA—Delvin Barnes, 37, of Charles City County, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to kidnapping, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner scheduled a sentencing hearing for January 6, 2016. Barnes faces 35 years in prison.

On November 2, 2014, at approximately 9:40 p.m., in the area of 100 W. Coulter Street in Philadelphia, Barnes violently grabbed a 22-year old woman from a sidewalk as she walked home. Barnes dragged the victim down the street and forced her into his car. A video recording capturing the abduction shows the victim struggling with the defendant in her attempt to get away. The victim struck Barnes in the head with a hammer after he forced her into his car. The defendant threatened that if she did not stop fighting, he would kill her.

Barnes drove to Maryland with the victim, bound by her wrists, in the trunk of the car. On November 5, 2015, federal agents arrested Barnes in Jessup, Maryland, and the victim was rescued. She identified Barnes as her abductor.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the U.S. Marshal’s Service with assistance from the Charles City County Sheriff’s and Kent County Sheriff’s Offices. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeanine Linehan.

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