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Delvin Barnes now in Federal custody; will face charges in Philadelphia Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (WWBT) - Federal prosecutors will try Delvin Barnes on a Philadelphia abduction case before he faces charges in a brutal abduction and rape case of a Richmond teen, according to court documents.

A federal judge ordered Barnes to be transferred into FBI custody for an initial appearance on an abduction charge in Philadelphia on Wednesday in connection with the kidnapping of 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. Barnes was released from Riverside Regional Jail's custody on Tuesday.

Barnes is accused of grabbing Freeland-Gaither off a Philadelphia street and taking her to Maryland. He's currently on suicide watch at the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George on charges of attempted murder, sexual assault, kidnapping and assault in the abduction of a 16-year-old Richmond girl. The teen escaped from Barnes in Charles City and ran more than two miles to safety, according to authorities.

Barnes was scheduled for a court appearance in Richmond on Wednesday, but will now be tried on the federal charges first.

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