Kidnapping suspect back in court

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Kidnapping suspect Delaney E. Akins enters City Court on Wednesday. Akins, 26, of 260 W. 131st St., Manhattan, is currently incarcerated in Fulton County Jail on a single charge of first-degree kidnapping, a class A felony. (The Leader-Herald/Ashley Onyon)

GLOVERSVILLE — Kidnapping suspect Delaney E. Akins appeared briefly in City Court on Wednesday, with his case adjourned until Oct. 10.

Akins, 26, of 260 W. 131st St., Manhattan, is currently incarcerated in Fulton County Jail on a single charge of first-degree kidnapping, a class A felony.

Akins was taken into custody by city police on Aug. 21 at 15 James St. after multiple law enforcement agencies began investigating the circumstances that left Akins’ alleged male victim injured and wandering Kingsboro Avenue wearing only a T-shirt, boxer shorts and a towel around his head earlier that day around 9 a.m.

According to documents filed by police in City Court, Akins is accused of abducting and restraining another person from Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 in the basement of a building at 15 James St. “with the intent to inflict physical injury … violate or abuse him sexually.”

During that time Akins allegedly bound the victim’s hands and feet and inflicted physical injury against the man, causing “contusions and bruising to his eye and burns to his body.”

Area police descended on the James Street building after responding to a warrant issued. Akins was located inside the building during the search and taken into custody without incident.

The victim was transported on Aug. 21 from Nathan Littauer Hospital to Albany Medical Center. Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown said Wednesday the man is still recovering, but could not provide further details on his condition. Due to the nature of the alleged crime, The Leader-Herald is withholding the victim’s name.

During Akins fourth appearance in court since being taken into custody, City Court Judge Cory Dalmata noted that the charges against him remain “unindicted,” asking Brown and defense attorney Kyle Davis how they intended to proceed.

Davis, who was formally assigned to represent Akins in court Wednesday, requested that the case be adjourned until Oct. 10. During two prior appearances before Dalmata and City Court Judge Traci DiMezza respectively Akins had failed to return an application for a public defender.

Dalmata granted the request for adjournment for further plea negotiations and Akins was returned to the county jail without bail set.

Reached for comment later Wednesday, Brown declined to provide further details regarding the alleged kidnapping due to the ongoing investigation being conducted by his office, city police and state police.

“It’s still too early in this process,” Brown said.

When asked if the case would be presented to a grand jury for an indictment, Brown said that would depend on the direction conversations between himself, Davis and Akins take before the next scheduled appearance in City Court on Oct. 10.

“Conversation will dictate what happens with the grand jury,” Brown said.

By Josh Bovee

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