When Delvin Barnes snatched a Philadelphia woman off the street Sunday night it was recorded by surveillance cameras. And when he later used the victim’s ATM at a bank and a convenience store it was again on camera.
Barnes is a bad guy. There was already a warrant for his arrest for an October abduction in Virginia of a 16 year-old girl who escaped naked, doused in bleach and gasoline. He appeared by closed-circuit TV in Baltimore county district court yesterday before being extradited to Virginia to face attempted murder and rape charges.
When he arrived in Virginia he was “perp-walked” through a crowd of reporters shouting questions to which he responded with vulgar words of language. It made for great TV.
True, the story was also interesting for the way the authorities used GPS to track Barnes car – the dealer who sold him the vehicle had the GPS device installed because of Barnes’ bad credit – but what really made this a prime-time story was all the video. I’m afraid my sketch, which was in fact partly drawn from a video screen, got left on the cutting-room floor so to speak.