Man accused of kidnapping, assault in Gloversville

Kidnapping suspect Delaney E. Akins is led into Gloversville City Court Wednesday morning for an appearance. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

GLOVERSVILLE — One man is facing felony kidnapping charges as multiple police agencies continue to investigate the circumstances that left a man wandering Kingsboro Avenue with injuries consistent with being assaulted.

Delaney Akins, 26, was being arraigned and charged with first-degree kidnapping, a class A felony, today at press time in City Court. He gave a New York City address as where he lives.

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

The Leader-Herald is withholding the name of the victim.

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”

Police congregate at the scene of a raid at the intersection of James and Union streets in Gloversville on Tuesday afternoon. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

City police stated in a press release Tuesday that a “person of interest” had been taken into custody at 15 James St. after the execution of a search warrant by the state police Special Operations Response Team and the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team.

City police began investigating the incident after a man was reportedly seen walking on Kingsboro Avenue wearing only a t-shirt, boxer shorts and a towel around his head around 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Patrol officers responded and located the man who police said had injuries consistent with being assaulted. The man was transported to Nathan Littauer Hospital for medical evaluation.

Police Chief Marc Porter said today the victim was later transported to Albany Medical Center on Tuesday and he has not yet received an update on the man’s condition.

Investigating officers determined the suspected location of where the assault occurred to be 15 James St.

Kidnapping suspect Delaney E. Akins, foreground, stands wih his attorney, Kyle Davis, on Wednesday morning in Gloversville City Court. To their right is Fulton County Assistant District Attorney Amanda Nellis. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

Police responded to the scene and requested assistance from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office and several state police agencies including the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Special Operations Response Teams and the Forensic Investigations Unit.

Police obtained and executed a search warrant at the James Street address. Akins was located inside the building during the search and taken into custody without incident. He was transported to the Gloversville Police Department for further investigation while the on scene forensic investigation continued.

Porter said the forensic investigation will continue at the scene today and additional information will be released this afternoon.

“The crime scene work will be resuming this morning. I don’t know how long that will go, that’s up to the evidence technicians,” Porter said today. “That will play a big role in the development of the investigation.”

While police will rely on the forensic investigation to determine exactly what transpired, Porter said that a homicide had not occurred.

A Gloversville police officer on Tuesday night stands watch over a 15 James St. building that authorities say was the site of a warrant served on Tuesday. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

“I have heard that from members of the community, but that’s not what we’re dealing with here,” Porter said. “I’d like to dispel any rumors, we’re not dealing with a homicide here.”

Police say there is currently no known danger to the community in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Gloversville Police Department at (518) 773-4506.

Police wait during the raid on 15 James St. (The Leader-Herald/Michael Anich)

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