EL PASO — The U.S. Marshals have added a suspected child molester to their 15 Most Wanted fugitive list, and said he may be in the El Paso/Las Cruces area.
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, law enforcement officials said.
A federal warrant for unlawful flight to avoid prosecution has also been issued. Information has been developed that Gaston is in the Las Cruces, New Mexico or El Paso, Texas area.
Officials are asking for the assistance of the public in locating this individual. If anyone has information about Gaston you can contact the United States Marshals Service El Paso Office at (915)534-6779 or USMS HQ at 1(800)336-0102.
In June 2007, Gaston allegedly broke into a Detroit home and kidnapped a 10-year-old girl through her bedroom window, according to U.S. Marshals. 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.
Official reports also said 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, officials said 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, according to investigators. 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 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 or the El Paso Office at (915)534-6779.