*From all angles, the suspect in the kidnapping of 22-year-old nurse’s aide Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, sounds like a real piece of work. Delvin Barnes (pictured right), 37, was accused of the brazen crime that showed a surveillance video of a man (thought to be him) forcing the woman down a Philadelphia street and wrestling her into a car.
Barnes has built quite a reputation and is described from previous, similar crimes as a “vicious predator” who has a long history of violence toward women, according to NBC10 Philadelphia, which cites court documents.
Amongst the laundry list of Barnes’ predatory behavior is a case that says he held his estranged wife captive. He also allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old Virginia girl, according to the television news station.
“He’s a thug and this is what he does apparently,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a news conference about the alleged abductor. “He’s a vicious predator. He’s off the streets.”
According to NBC10, who Barnes’ uncle Lamar Barnes spoke with, his nephew was raised by a minister…good parents. But the uncle says he is still not “necessarily surprised” by the allegations against his nephew.
“Some men grew up having problems with women, so they take it out on women,” Barnes said. “Apparently, he’s one of them.”
Barnes’ laundry list continues with NBC10 providing details on the Nov. 28, 2005 incident – when he allegedly held his estranged wife captive inside her Philadelphia home. The wife reportedly arrived home about 9:45 p.m. and found Barnes there, even after she obtained a protective order against him because of past abuse.
As she was going to bed around 10:15 p.m., Barnes jumped out of her bedroom closet and tried to talk to her, records say. She then told him to leave or she would call police, but Barnes refused, according to court records.
She went to call 911, and Barnes jumped on top of her, grabbed her face and began digging his nails into her skin, according to court records. He allegedly hit her in the face, choked her, and threatened to kill her.
It is alleged that Barnes then told the woman he’d only stop beating her if she took off her clothes. The woman told police she feared for her life, so she removed her clothes. She accused Barnes of forcing her to have sex with him three separate times throughout the night, and she told police Barnes forced her to give him oral sex and threatened her with several objects.
The next morning, she begged Barnes to let her use the phone and call her parents, telling him she talked to her mother every day, officials said. When she called, she alerted them to her crisis and her mom called 911, according to the report.
The parents arrived at the home a short time later, and when Barnes heard them come in, he got angry and began to beat the victim again, according to court records. The records say the victim’s father ran into the room with a baseball bat and tried to get Barnes off his daughter. Barnes then allegedly began to beat the victim’s mother, ran into the kitchen, and grabbed a knife.
He was arrested later as he tried to flee the scene.
Meanwhile, Freeland-Gaither was released from Maryland’s Howard County General Hospital on Thursday. She has reunited with her family following a harrowing three-day abduction.
By all accounts, Freeland-Gaither is a lucky woman.
“I’m taking my baby home,” Keisha Gaither, the victim’s overjoyed mother said at a news conference Wednesday night. “Thank you.”