Pa. abduction suspect charged in Va. rape case

CHARLES CITY, Va. (WAVY) – A Charles City County man arrested in Philadelphia for an abduction was wanted in a Virginia case involving the alleged rape and abduction of a Richmond teen, Sheriff Javier Smith said Thursday.

Smith spent the month of October looking for someone who he said tried to kill a Richmond teenager. Surveillance video from a Philadelphia case tipped off a Kent County Sheriff’s deputy, who thought the car looked similar, Smith said. Federal investigators used the car’s GPS to track it to Maryland, Smith said.

“This was the vehicle we were looking for. A call was made to the authorities, FBI, and they got all the authorities involved in the area where we found that the vehicle was,” Smith said.

Delvin Barnes
Delvin Barnes

Inside the car was Delvin Barnes and a woman who police said he abducted earlier this week.

Smith believes on October 1, Barnes abducted a 16-year-old Richmond girl somewhere between her hometown and Charles City County. He said Barnes hit the girl over the head with a shovel and forced her into a trunk, ending up in Charles City County. At some point, Barnes raped the girl and threatened her, Smith said.

“He doused her with gasoline and bleach and we believe it was a form of intimidation of telling her, if you don’t cooperate, you know, this could be a lot worse,” Smith said.

The sheriff said, at some point, Barnes took the victim to his home, and by October 3, the girl was able to escape. She ran naked about two miles to a nearby business, Stock Building Supply, where she got help, Smith said. Employees at the business declined to comment Thursday and referred questions to attorney David Lerner.

“We’re aware of the incident and the ongoing investigation by the Charles City County Sheriff’s Office, and we’ve offered our assistance with their investigation,” Lerner said on behalf of the business. “Our hearts go out to the victim and her family, and we at Stock Building Supply hope for a full and speedy recovery.”

Smith said he fears there could be more victims.

“He supposedly had showed her some pictures of the victims he said he had done this to as well. Those were the statements made by the victim. At this time, we cannot say for sure if those truly are victims,” Smith said.

Smith said he wants local investigators and those outside Virginia to take a look at the case to see if there are any similarities to ones they are investigating.

“Obviously, in my opinion, it’s just pure evil,” he said. “Nobody that has a conscience or has a heart would even consider to do something like this to a human being.”

No one answered the door at Barnes’ home Thursday afternoon, when 10 On Your Side stopped by.

Barnes has been charged with attempted capital murder, malicious wounding, malicious wounding by a chemical agent, forcible rape, animate object penetration, and abduction, deputies said.

Sheriff Smith said his office had DNA evidence linking Barnes to the teen abduction case and that the victim identified him in a photo lineup.

Deputies said Thursday evening they were making plans to move Barnes back to Virginia, where he would be held in the Riverside Regional Jail. learned that Barnes is currently under suicide watch.

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