Incident #: 50-13-30268 Date/Time: Friday, November 1st at 7:40 AM
Location: Duncan Depot Convenience Store (595 Forest Street, Dover, DE)
Original Narrative: At 7:40 AM on November 1st, 2013, Dover Police Department received a call of a stolen vehicle with children inside. The parent, operating a 1999 White Ford Expedition, parked outside the store for a brief moment to make a purchase, leaving the children inside the running vehicle. A short time later, an unknown black male suspect entered the vehicle and fled the area. Dover Police officers checked the surrounding areas immediately. A short time later, the vehicle was located on Willow Grove Road, near South Street in Camden, DE. Both children were found unharmed in the rear of the vehicle, and were immediately reunited with the parent and other family members.
Update: During the ensuing investigation into the November 1st incident, officers discovered a news release from the City of Wilmington Police Department, where a Dover man was arrested for a separate carjacking incident. The suspects name in the Wilmington carjacking is Walter Gaston (DOB: 11-3-1969). Officers noticed similarities in the Wilmington and Dover incidents, and developed Gaston as a suspect in the November 1st kidnapping and vehicle theft. As a result of the evidence gathered from the investigation, Gaston was arrested and charged with two counts of Second Degree Kidnapping and one count of Theft of a Motor Vehicle. Gaston is being held at the Howard R. Young Correctional Center in Wilmington, DE.
Defendant: Walter Gaston (DOB: 11-3-69)