'Most Wanted' Fugitive Found In Mexico Back In Detroit To Face Charges In Kidnapping, Rape

WWJ News
October 10, 2019 - 2:52 pm
Corey Gaston

Corey Gaston (Booking photo)

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit man who was on the run for over a decade has been extradited back to Michigan. 

Corey Gaston, a U.S. Marshals' "Top 15 Most Wanted" fugitive until his arrest in Mexico last week, is accused of sexually assaulting and 10-year-old girl in 2007, posting bond and then fleeing the country before he could face trial. 

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, the 41-year-old arrived at the Wayne County Jail around 4:30 a.m. Thursday and was arraigned before Judge Prentis Edwards.

Although the prosecution requested that Gaston be remanded into custody without bond, Judge Edwards set bond at $250,000 cash, with a GPS tether and a Defendant Screening Unit referral. 

A spokesperson with the prosecutor's office said late Thursday afternoon a hearing will be held on Friday for Judge Edwards to re-address the issue of bond in Gaston's case. Initially, officials had said the issue would be readdressed at a docket conference on Oct. 16 before Judge Qiana Lillard, but the hearing has been moved up.

On June 27, 2007, police said Gaston crawled through a bedroom window of a home on Detroit's west side and abducted the young victim. He took her to a nearby ally where he sexually assaulted her, according to investigators, threatening to hurt her if she screamed before instructing her to return home. 

Police found Gaston’s phone and unknown DNA at the scene of the crime. Within days of the attack, a warrant was issued for Gaston’s arrest, but he was nowhere to be found.

A U.S. Marshals Task Force tracked Gaston down in Georgia, and returned him to Michigan in July of 2007. A month later, a judge allowed Gaston to post bond until his February 2008 trial. During that time, investigators were able to positively match a DNA sample given by Gaston to the DNA found at the crime scene.

When his 2008 pretrial date came around, Gaston didn’t show up, remaining hidden for 11 years until tips led authorities to his location, near Guadalajara, on Oct. 2.

Gaston faces charges of first degree home invasion, first degree criminal sexual conduct, second degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping.