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Gatling arrested while in court

WINDSOR – A Hertford County man wanted by Virginia authorities was arrested this morning (Wednesday) while making a court appearance on an alleged crime committed in Bertie County.

Bertie Sheriff John Holley said that 30-year-old Deon Marcel Gatling was wanted by the Isle of Wight (Virginia) Sheriff’s Office for abduction and other charges. Bertie deputies served the Isle of Wight arrest warrants on Gatling and took him to the Bertie-Martin Regional Jail where he waits for extradition to Virginia.

Holley said that Gatling was in Bertie Criminal District Court today on the charge of attempted first degree burglary.

Gatling’s last known address was in the Eleytown area of Hertford County near Murfreesboro.

According to a story published this week by the Tidewater News in Franklin, VA, Gatling was wanted in connection with an abduction and robbery that took place in the Carrsville, VA area of Isle of Wight County on June 30.

In that incident, an elderly male was confronted at his residence after returning from a trip to Walmart in Franklin, VA and then was forced to turn over his wallet and credit cards. The victim was then forced into the trunk of a car and taken to an unknown location and then released later in the morning in the Churchland area of Chesapeake, VA.

Sometime during the night, money was withdrawn from the victim’s account at an ATM in Murfreesboro, and then attempted to be used a second time at another business in Chesapeake, VA.

The arrest warrants from the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Office for Gatling included abduction, robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, credit card theft and fraud, and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.