12/17/2020 1:01:00 PM Lincoln County Man Charged With Kidnapping & Other Charges
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Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Press Release
LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies charged a western Lincoln County man with kidnapping and other charges after he threatened family members with a machete.
On December 14, 2020 deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at a residence on Ed Craig Road, Vale, NC involving a suspect with a machete. When they arrived officers encountered the mother of the man outside the home. She advised he was inside the residence armed with a machete and five children had locked themselves in the bathroom for safety.
Deputies went inside the home where Michael Alexander Smothers, 20, was standing in the living room with the machete pulled from the scabbard and in his hand. During the standoff Smothers refused to drop the machete but did allow the deputy’s request that he allow the children to leave the residence. The five children between the ages of 2-and-14 left out the back door of the home without incident.
Smothers continued to hold the machete and refused to listen to the deputy’s commands to drop the weapon. A Shift Sergeant arrived with a less than lethal shotgun that fires bean bags. Several bean bags were fired striking the suspect who fell to the floor and dropped the machete. Deputies kicked the machete away from him and placed Smothers in custody.
Lincoln County EMS was dispatched to the scene and treated Smothers for several bruises but did not transport him. A Sheriff’s deputy transported Smothers to Caromont Medical Center in Gastonia where he was evaluated. He was released to Sheriff’s deputies on December 15, 2020 and taken before a magistrate on charges of kidnapping, assault on a female, assault on a law enforcement officer, and resist, delay and obstruct a public officer. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $122,000 secured bond.