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Man Caught on Video in Woman's Abduction Indicted

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The man accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman seen on surveillance video struggling while being grabbed off a city street was indicted Thursday on a federal kidnapping charge.

    

Delvin Barnes, 37, of Charles City County, Virginia, has been in custody since his capture last week. Barnes allegedly grabbed 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither near a Philadelphia bus stop on Nov. 2 and forced the screaming, struggling woman into his car. A massive manhunt ensued and federal agents found them three days later in his car in Jessup, Maryland.

    

Federal prosecutors initially charged Barnes the day after his capture. By law, most federal cases can't be prosecuted without a grand jury indictment. If convicted, Barnes faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

    

At City Hall on Thursday, the Philadelphia City Council honored those who helped find Freeland-Gaither. Her grandfather, Derek Alston, said Freeland-Gaither hasn't returned to her job as a nursing assistant yet, but is recovering from the ordeal.

    

"She's coming along," Alston said. "She's working, trying to readjust."

    

Barnes is also charged with attempted murder in the abduction of a 16-year-old girl in Virginia in early October. Barnes allegedly hit the teen in the head with a shovel, put her in a trunk and took her to a mobile home, where he doused her in bleach and gasoline before she escaped. She broke free as Barnes was digging her grave, authorities said.

    

Barnes was in federal custody in Philadelphia and a bail hearing was set for Friday.


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