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Dover Man Charged With Kidnapping, Rape

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Joshua Abele was charged with kidnapping and rape. Joshua Abele was charged with kidnapping and rape.

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.-  A Dover man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly held a woman against her will and forced her to have sex with him, according to the Rehoboth Beach Police Department.

Police were called to King Charles Avenue after a report of sexual assault Wednesday afternoon. During a subsequent investigation, police learned that the 21-year-old victim had gone into the home on Oak Avenue, where she used to live with 20-year-old Joshua C. Abele, to retrieve some of her things, police said.

The woman believed that the home was empty, but Abele was hiding inside, police said.

Once inside,  Abele confronted the woman and prevented her from leaving the home, and he pulled out a handgun, police said. The handgun was later determined to be a BB gun. 

According to police, Abele forced the woman to have sex with him and eventually allowed her to leave after threatening to harm her if she contacted the police.

The woman left the home and called police from a car, police said. Police arrived on the scene and arrested Abele as he was preparing to leave the home in a Ford F-150 truck, police said.

Abele was arrested and charged with one count of first degree rape, one count of first degree kidnapping, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of aggravated menacing, which are all felony crimes. Abele was committed to Sussex Correctional Institution on a $105,000 secured bail. 

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