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Man assaulted woman

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer
A Lincolnton man appeared in court Friday morning, one day after deputies said they placed him behind bars for not only using a glass vase and baseball bat to assault his girlfriend but for also assaulting neighbors and officers in the incident.
Deputies arrested Donald Michael Hoyle, 34, of 2348 Tin Mine Road, just before 5 p.m. Thursday, nearly four hours after they first responded to the home, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies arrived at the residence just before 1 p.m., but Hoyle was nowhere to be found, having fled the property earlier.
Officers said they learned the man had beaten the woman that afternoon, giving her multiple injuries. He even followed her to a neighbor’s home, where she had gone to escape the suspect’s abuse, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Hoyle is also accused of assaulting the neighbor and stealing his cell phone so he couldn’t call police.
While deputies tried to locate the man by broadcasting a description of him and his vehicle, they failed to find him until he returned to his home.
The Sheriff’s Office said officers even had to knock down the door of the residence to get to Hoyle after he tried to barricade himself inside.
As officers’ attempted to apprehend the combative man, several dogs joined the fight and bit them.
Animal Services later arrived at the scene to remove the dogs while workers with Emergency Medical Services responded to take Hoyle, the victim and the injured deputy to Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment.
A number of charges have been filed against Hoyle including one felony count each of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and breaking and entering a building.
He also faces misdemeanor charges for larceny, assault on a government official, assault on a female, communicating threats, injury to personal property, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer and interfering with emergency communications.
The North Carolina Department of Correction website showed Hoyle is no stranger to assault charges, having been convicted in the county between 2005 and 2006 of assault by pointing a gun, disorderly conduct, communicating threats and assault and battery.
The suspect remains in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under an $83,000 secured bond.
Deputies involved in the incident included Lonnie Leonard, Sgt. Robert Jefferies and Det. Jon Propst.

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