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  • Police arrest Dover man in connection with Nov. 1 kidnapping, vehicle theft

  • Dover Police have charged a man, identified as Walter Gaston, 44, in connection with a Nov. 1 kidnapping incident.
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  • Dover Police have arrested a man in connection with a Nov. 1 carjacking and kidnapping in the city.
    Police began investigating Dover resident Walter Gaston, 44, as a possible suspect in the case after reading a news release from the Wilmington Police Department about his being arrested for a Wilmington carjacking attempt that was similar to the Dover incident, said Dover Police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    According to Wilmington Police, on Nov. 6 Gaston allegedly tried to open the locked passenger side door of a car operated by a woman on East Third Street. The woman drove off, but Gaston again tried to get into the car when she stopped at a traffic signal a block away. The woman drove off again and contacted police.
    Gaston was located nearby and taken into custody without incident. He was committed to the Howard R. Young Correctional Institute in lieu of a $2,500 secured bail.
    The Dover incident took place Nov. 1 when a parent momentarily left two children in a running car while in the Duncan Depot convenience store on Forest Street. Shortly thereafter, a man got into the vehicle and drove off. The vehicle later was found on Willow Grove Road near South State Street in Camden, and the children were returned unharmed to their family, Hoffman said.
    Dover Police placed Gaston under arrest while he was at the Young correctional center, charging him with two counts of second degree kidnapping and one count of theft of a motor vehicle.
    Bail information on those charges was not available, but Gaston remains in custody in Wilmington pending the outcome of the charges against him there.

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