Aunt of tortured teen calls former homecoming king Delvin Barnes ‘heartless’

Posted at 10:19 PM, Nov 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-09 17:57:15-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The aunt of one of the alleged victims of a man arrested for abducting two women called him heartless.

"He don't have no empathy, nothing in there," the woman said.

The brutal abduction, rape and torture that police said the woman’s 16-year-old niece suffered at the hands ofDelvin Barnes left her speechless.

"I just broke down and cried, she was all...," the aunt said before becoming too emotional to speak.

Investigators said Barnes burned the girl’s clothes, threw bleach and gas on her, dug a hole in his yard, and asked her how she wanted to die. He also showed her pictures of other girls he said he abducted, according to police.

"They say he might have done some more stuff," the girl’s aunt said.

Police are investigating that possibility and urging other possible victims to come forward.

Forensic psychologist Mike Banks said Barnes may have issues with women.

“He may have built up an anger toward women because of the way he was treated within his family structure,” Banks said.

Barnes’s uncle told reporters in Philadelphia that his nephew has a history of abusing women.

“He's always had problems with girlfriends, ex-wife, things like that,” Lamar Barnes said.

Sources confirmed that Barnes past includes being crowned homecoming king at Charles City High School back in 1993.

And, court records show he sought mental health treatment for issues that happened in his home growing up.

“A lot of serial murderers and rapists have backgrounds as abused children,” Banks said.

Still, even if that is the case, the aunt of one of his alleged victims said there is no excuse for the pain and abuse Barnes is accused of inflicting on her niece.

“I hope he get what he supposed to get,” the aunt said.