Felon charged with kidnapping Woodcrest woman at gunpoint

A felon accused of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint from her Woodcrest residence and forcing her to drive him to Riverside was charged Wednesday with kidnapping and other offenses.

Maurice Dion Gamble, 42, of Riverside was arrested Friday following a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department investigation.

Along with kidnapping, Gamble is charged with firearm assault, making criminal threats, being a felon in possession of a loaded gun, possession of a sawed-off shotgun and using a firearm during an abduction.

Gamble, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Robert Presley Jail, was slated to make his initial court appearance Wednesday afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

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According to sheriff’s Sgt. Jared Howe, in the predawn hours Friday, deputies were alerted to a possible kidnapping from which the victim had escaped.

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