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Mistrial Declared in Rehoboth Beach Rape Case

Posted: Feb 20, 2018 8:16 AM Updated:
Joshua Abele was charged with kidnapping and rape. Joshua Abele was charged with kidnapping and rape.

GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP/WBOC)- The case against a 21-year-old man charged with ambushing, detaining and raping a 21-year-old woman has been declared a mistrial.

Police say Joshua Abele of Dover confronted the woman with a handgun, that turned out to be a BB gun, when she returned to a Rehoboth Beach home before raping her last June.

Judge Richard F. Stokes declared the mistrial Monday when the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Abele's attorney, Edward Gill, says the incident was consensual.

Police initially charged Abele with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping, among other charges. Gill says the kidnapping charge was dismissed due to insufficient evidence and the rape charge was downgraded to second-degree.

Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky says state prosecutors are unsure about retrying the case.

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