Alleged kidnapper back in Gloversville court

Accused of holding man hostage for a week

Kidnapping suspect Delaney Akins is led into Gloversville City Court on Monday morning. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — Kidnapping suspect Delaney E. Akins was back in City Court on Monday for a short appearance, with his case adjourned until Sept. 19.

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

He was arrested Aug. 21 by city police on James Street. Multiple police agencies through the day investigated circumstances that left Akins’ alleged male victim wandering Kingsboro Avenue with injuries.

According to documents filed by city 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.

Akins

Due to the nature of the alleged crime, The Leader-Herald is withholding the victim’s name. The victim was transported on Aug. 21 from Nathan Littauer Hospital to Albany Medical Center, but it was unclear if he’s still hospitalized this week.

Johnstown attorney Kyle Davis appeared on Akins’ behalf Monday.

Assistant City Court Judge Cory Dalmata noted Akins currently faces an “unindicted felony.” He asked the defendant if he had yet filed an application for a public defender and it was determined he hadn’t.

“I do not have an application for the public defender’s office,” Dalmata said.

He ordered Davis to produce one to the court by the end of the week.

Akins’ case was adjourned until Sept. 19 and he was returned to jail without bail set.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.

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