- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man who triggered a three-day, multistate manhunt last year after surveillance video showed him grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street pleaded guilty Thursday to a federal kidnapping charge.

Delvin Barnes, 38, told a judge he attacked 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither and forced her into his car in November because he wanted her to give him money to get back home to Virginia.

Barnes’ lawyers said he took full responsibility for his actions. He faces 35 years in prison under a plea deal at sentencing scheduled for Jan. 6.

The vivid surveillance video and subsequent images from an ATM and gas station minimart in Maryland focused national attention on Freeland-Gaither’s abduction.

Authorities got a picture of Barnes’ car from a traffic camera and used a GPS device placed in the vehicle by a used car dealer to help locate the vehicle in Jessup, Maryland.

Freeland-Gaither, a nursing student, was forced to lie bound and cold in Barnes’ trunk, prosecutors said.

Barnes is also accused of abducting a teenager in Richmond, Virginia, in October. The girl told police she was hit in the head with a shovel, put in the trunk of a car and taken to Barnes’ home.

Barnes later brought the girl outside, doused her with bleach and gasoline, asked her how she wanted to die and began digging a hole, the Charles City County, Virginia, sheriff’s office said. She managed to escape to a nearby business.

Virginia prosecutors dropped an abduction charge against Barnes in December and said they would ask a grand jury to indict him once the Philadelphia case was completed.

Barnes was free at the time after serving eight years in prison for a 2005 assault on his estranged wife and her family in Philadelphia.

Barnes beat and choked her, punched her mother in the face and hit her father in the head with a glass bowl, court records show.

Pennsylvania’s parole board repeatedly denied Barnes early release because it said he lacked remorse and posed a threat to the community.

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