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Felon gets assault, weapon charges after woman held against her will
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Felon gets assault, weapon charges after woman held against her will

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A man with previous felony convictions received several charges after he a woman reported that she was held against her will Friday.

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Derek Wayne Simmons, 30, of Marion, was charged with felony possession of a firearm by a felon along with misdemeanor assault on a female and stalking, a release from the Morganton Department of Public Safety said.

The charges came after officers responded Friday night to a domestic disturbance at 224 Falls St., Morganton, the release said.

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Someone had called 911 and reported a man had a gun and was holding a woman against her will, the release said. When officers arrived, they found the woman had been physically assaulted but the suspect had left the scene.

Officers interviewed the victim and learned that Simmons had been on the scene and left the gun behind, according to the release.

Police seized the gun, and the woman was treated for her injuries at a local medical facility, the release said.

A warrant for Simmons’ arrest was obtained. When officers went to the apartment complex for a follow up, they found that the apartment had been forced open and Simmons was inside.

Simmons has previous convictions of habitual breaking and entering, felony breaking and entering, larceny of a motor vehicle, obtaining property by false pretense, cheats or services, larceny after breaking and entering, breaking and entering vehicles and larceny over $1,000, according to a records check on the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.

He was issued a $20,000 bond for the felony charge and an additional $10,000 secured bond for the domestic-related charges following a 48-hour hold, the release said. Simmons was set to appear in court Monday morning.

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