Gastonia man facing rape, kidnapping, assault charges

Gastonia man facing rape, kidnapping, assault charges

Credit: Gaston County Jail

Justin Michael Gowan

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on September 23, 2013 at 3:11 PM

GASTONIA, N.C. -- A Gastonia man is facing several charges of rape, as well as kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon and more, following an incident over the weekend.

Gaston County Police say the incident involving 23-year-old Justin Michael Gowan and the victim began on Saturday.

Police did not release any details of the crime, but did say the female victim was knew Gowan, and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Gowan is charged with three counts of first-degree rape, kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, assault by strangulation, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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