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Man faces kidnapping, assault charges shortly after being released on DWI charge
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Man faces kidnapping, assault charges shortly after being released on DWI charge

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A Morganton man has been charged after officers said a woman was assaulted shortly after the man was released from jail on a driving while impaired charge.

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Johnithyn Thomas Bristol, 27, of Morganton, was charged with felony kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault on a female, injury to personal property and a domestic violence protection order violation, a release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety says.

The charges came after the officers were called to the magistrate’s office Tuesday for an assault report, the release said.

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The officers met with a woman who had been physically assaulted. Burke County EMS was called to examine her injuries, and investigators determined that Bristol was a suspect in the case, the release says.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and public safety and N.C. Probation and Parole officers took him into custody without incident in downtown Morganton, the release says.

Bristol had just been released from custody in Lincoln County after being charged with DWI.

He has previously been convicted of assault by strangulation, discharging a firearm into an occupied property, habitual misdemeanor assault, assault on a female, communicating threats, felony breaking and entering, possession with intent to sell a Schedule II controlled substance and other charges, according to a records check on the N.C. Department of Public Safety website. His criminal record dates back to 2010.

He also has 10 pending cases across four counties, according to a records check on the N.C. Judicial Branch website. The charges range from communicating threats and second-degree trespassing to drug distribution and weapon possession by a felon.

Bristol is being held under a $100,000 secured bond for four of the charges, but is being held on no bond on the domestic violence protection order violation the release says. He’s set to appear in court Thursday.

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