Abduction suspect to tried first in Philadelphia

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2014 2:47 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman just weeks after a similar Virginia crime will be tried in the Pennsylvania case first.

Delvin Barnes is being brought to Philadelphia from Virginia for an initial appearance Wednesday on federal kidnapping charges.

Authorities say the 37-year-old Barnes grabbed a 22-year-old woman walking home from a bus stop last week. Police found Barnes and the victim Thursday in Jessup, Maryland.

Officials say that case will be tried in Philadelphia before Barnes is prosecuted in the abduction and attempted murder of a 16-year-old Richmond girl.

A Charles City County Sheriff's Office spokesman says detectives there have questioned Barnes about the Virginia case. Capt. Jayson Crawley says Barnes did not request a lawyer.

Barnes is expected to be appointed a Pennsylvania lawyer on Wednesday.