Alleged Child Rapist brought back to Detroit to Face Multiple Charges

U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted, Alleged Child Rapist Captured in Mexico, Returned to Detroit to face justice

DETROIT, MI — An alleged child rapist and one of the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted fugitives, Corey Gaston, will finally face a judge for his alleged rape of a 10-year-old girl in June of 2007.

Corey Gaston was charged with First Degree Home Invasion, Criminal Sexual Conduct – First Degree, Criminal Sexual Conduct – Second Degree and Kidnapping.  While on bond, Gaston fled for over 11 years after failing to appear for a pretrial hearing on February 2, 2008.  He was recently apprehended by the U.S. Marshal Service. It is alleged that Gaston sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl after kidnapping her from her bedroom.

Gaston arrived at the Wayne County Jail around 4:30 a.m. this morning.  He was arraigned before Judge Prentis Edwards on behalf of Judge Qiana Lillard.  Although the prosecution requested that he be remanded, Judge Edwards gave him $250,000 cash bond, a GPS tether and a Defendant Screening Unit referral.  A docket conference was set for October 16, 2019 before Judge Lillard.

Corey Deshawn Gaston, 41, was arrested near Guadalajara, Mexico, after U.S. Marshals developed information regarding his possible location and provided that information to Mexican authorities, who took him into custody.

Gaston was wanted by the Detroit Police Department for numerous offenses to include first- and second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a child under 13, kidnapping, home invasion and child enticement.

“It brings great satisfaction when we make an arrest like this,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “Corey Gaston’s alleged horrific crimes earned him a spot on our 15 Most Wanted list. From that point forward, he was put on notice that we would never stop looking for him. We made good on that promise. Gaston will now finally face justice. I am very proud of the men and women of the USMS who relentlessly pursue the likes of Corey Gaston.”

On June 27, 2007, Gaston allegedly crawled through a bedroom window of a Detroit home and kidnapped a 10-year-old girl. He then took the child to a nearby alley and sexually assaulted her, threatening to hurt her if she screamed before instructing her to return to her home. Authorities found Gaston’s phone and DNA, unknown at the time to belong to the suspect, at the scene of the crime. Within days of the attack, a warrant was issued for Gaston’s arrest, but his whereabouts were unknown.

In July 2007, U.S. Marshals tracked Gaston down in Georgia, and returned him to Michigan. Gaston was granted bond in August 2007 pending his February 2008 trial date. During this time, investigators were able to positively match the DNA found at the crime scene to a DNA sample given by Gaston. When the trial date arrived, Gaston was a no-show and once again became a fugitive. He was added to the U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted in December 2011.

“Corey Gaston is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Acting U.S. Marshal Mark Jankowski of the Eastern District of Michigan. “While he was on the run for more than 10 years, the Marshals considered it borrowed time, because we never stopped looking for him. I hope his arrest brings some sense of closure to the victim and her family who had to endure years of him eluding justice.”

The fugitive investigation for Gaston gained momentum when U.S. Marshals followed up on a lead in connection with the fugitive’s possible whereabouts. Marshals’ investigators were then able to work with Mexican authorities, who located and arrested him.

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U.S. Marshals’ 15 Most Wanted, Alleged Child Rapist Captured in Mexico, Returned to Detroit to face justice