CHARLES COUNTY, Va. – A crime against a Virginia teenager, who was found bloody and naked, has been connected to the man accused of abducting a Philadelphia woman.
Freeland-Gaither fought Barnes but was eventually forced into a vehicle.
Just before it pulled away from the curb, she was able to break out a window.
On Wednesday, officials arrested Barnes and found Freeland-Gaither, who has injuries but is said to be in “good shape,” according to FBI special agent Ed Hanko.
Police say the 16-year-old victim was reported missing by her family on Oct. 1.
On Oct. 3, the teenager was found at a business.
According to Cpt. Jason Crawley, with the Charles City County Police Department, the teenager was naked, bleeding and covered in burns.
She also reeked of bleach and gasoline, according to WTVR.
When police tested DNA found on her body, they linked the crime to Barnes.
However, that information was not received until Oct. 28.
At that point, Virginia officers began looking for Barnes.
They said they did not want to alert Barnes that they were actively looking for him and were also trying to protect the victim.
Just days later, Barnes was seen on video kidnapping Freeland-Gaither in Philadelphia.
Barnes is facing several charges in Virginia for the alleged abduction.
Those charges include attempted capital murder, abduction, forcible rape, malicious wounding, malicious wounding with a chemical and intimate object penetration.