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Deputies: Suspect breaks officer’s nose

Staff Writer

An Iron Station man assaulted a deputy, fracturing his nose and sending him to the hospital Thursday after the officer responded to an area disturbance call, according to Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Travis Williams was forced to hold Robert Hayes Hunter, 42, of 734 Trinity Lane, at gunpoint after the man struck Williams in the head while the deputy tried to restrain him, a department press release said.
Deputy Justin Link soon responded to the scene to provide backup. Hunter resisted the deputies’ commands but was soon handcuffed and transported to the county jail, where he was placed under a $20,000 secured bond, the officers reported.
Hunter faces one felony count each of assault inflicting serious injury on a law enforcement officer, injury to personal property and two counts of resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Emergency Medical Services transported Williams to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment for facial lacerations, swelling under the eye and a fractured nose, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hunter has since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center.
According to the North Carolina Department of Correction website, he has a felony history in the county for receiving stolen goods in 1995.

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