Fulton County

Police: Man held for days in Gloversville basement, assaulted; Suspect charged

The suspect faces first-degree kidnapping

GLOVERSVILLE — A man who spent days tied up inside a Gloversville apartment while another man assaulted and burned him escaped his captor Tuesday, according to court documents.

Police began investigating Tuesday, after finding the victim walking on Kingsboro Avenue wearing only a T-shirt, boxer shorts and a towel around his head. They also spotted injuries on the man and took him to Nathan Littauer Hospital for treatment.

Their investigation led them to 15 James St., where police soon arrested 26-year-old Delaney E. Akins on one count of first-degree kidnapping. The charge carries a possible maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. It wasn’t immediately clear if Akins lived at that address.

Akins is accused of holding the victim in the basement of the address by binding his hands and feet, according police accounts detailed in court documents. Akins kept the other man captive for more than six days — from Aug. 15 until Tuesday, according to the police statement.

During that time bruising to the victim’s eye and burns to his body were caused, the allegations state.

Upon discovering the victim, police quickly sought assistance from the state police and the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. They also got a search warrant for 15 James St. and found Akins in the building, police said.

More information was expected to be released later Wednesday, police said.

First-degree kidnapping is a charge on the same sentencing level as first-degree murder. Specifically the charge accuses Akins of restraining the man for more than 12 hours for the purpose of injuring him, the police filing reads.

Akins first appeared in court Tuesday evening and was ordered held without bail, officials said. He was expected to appear again Wednesday morning. 

Anyone with information on the case was asked to contact Gloversville police at 518-773-4506.

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