For Immediate Release
|December 08, 2011||
DUSM Kevin Pettit
Eastern District of Michigan (313) 234-5623;
USMS Office of Public Affairs (202) 307-9065
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Corey Deshawn Gaston is wanted in Michigan by the Detroit Police Department and the U.S. Marshals for failure to appear on the original charges of rape (1st and 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct/person under 13), kidnapping, home invasion and child enticement. A federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution has also been issued.
In June 2007, Gaston allegedly broke into a Detroit home and kidnapped a 10-year-old girl through her bedroom window. Gaston put the girl over his shoulder and ran to a nearby alley where he threw the child to the ground, removed her clothing and raped her. Afterward, he threatened to hurt her if she screamed or ran away and followed her back to her home. Gaston went back to the house because he believed he had left evidence at the scene of the kidnapping. That same evidence was recovered later by police near the scene of the rape.
The victim was taken to the hospital where a rape kit was administered and police interviewed her. The child identified Gaston as her attacker from an array of photos compiled by the police.
An arrest warrant was issued for Gaston in early July 2007. U.S. Marshals arrested Gaston in Georgia, and he was returned for prosecution in Michigan. Gaston was granted bond in August 2007 pending his February 2008 trial date. While Gaston was on bond, evidence was found linking him to the rape.
When the February 2008 trial date came Gaston became a fugitive once again. When the Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team went looking for Gaston they located him in the Detroit area, but he managed to elude the officers and escape.
Gaston has been a fugitive since that time.
Gaston, 33, has no other documented criminal history. The lack of criminal history provides Gaston the opportunity to be involved in children’s sports and around others who have access to young girls.
“Corey Gaston’s alleged acts are a parent’s worst nightmare – breaking into the home of a young girl, kidnapping and sexually assaulting her,” said Geoff Shank, Acting Assistant Director of Investigative Operations for the U.S. Marshals Service.
“The charges against him represent numerous, deplorable acts against a helpless child and her family. We will make every effort to bring him in to answer for these crimes.”Gaston played hockey on an all-black hockey team and mentored younger family members and other community youth through hockey. Gaston also attended Michigan State University and played intramural club hockey there for a year. He did not play MSU varsity hockey.
Gaston has been driving trucks since 2002. He knows people from all around the country, and authorities say they believe he could be anywhere. He has ties to Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio and California. He has family and friends in these states and has spent time there in the past. Canada and Mexico are also places Gaston held financial and friendship ties from his days as a hockey player and truck driver.
Gaston was considered by his family to be the life of the party and the person who held the family together. He has been described as being very charismatic and caring to those around him.
“With the Adam Walsh Act the Marshals Service has a very strong interest in bringing child sexual predators to justice. We captured Gaston once, I am very confident that we will be able to bring him to justice a second time,” said U.S. Marshal Robert Grubbs of the Eastern District of Michigan.
Gaston is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Gaston is pigeon-toed and has a distinctive bowlegged walk. He has an athletic build and has been described as “cut up.”
He has had staples in the right side of his head and is balding on top. Gaston has worn braids in the past and grown his beard longer to look older. He has a scar on one of his knees.
Gaston drinks Corona beer with lemon and will not eat or drink after anyone including family members. He is also considered to be computer savvy.
Gaston has a history of traveling to several places including: California, Tennessee, Georgia and Ohio. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading directly to Gaston’s arrest.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the nearest U.S. Marshals office or the U.S. Marshals Service Communications Center at 1-800-336-0102.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov
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