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North Carolina man booked into detention center twice within 24 hours after separate incidents at 2 hotels: Cops

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Source: Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH

Mar. 25 2022, Published 1:28 p.m. ET

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A North Carolina man accused of trespassing and disturbing guests at a hotel was arrested less than 24 hours later at a second hotel following an alleged assault and kidnapping, police said.

Shortly before 6:30 a.m. on March 19, officers responded to a report about a man, later identified as 31-year-old Richard Barnhill, refusing to leave the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Asheville, KRDO reported.

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“He was knocking on doors, trying to talk to folks, which is out of the norm for someone at a hotel at that time in the morning,” Sgt. Lucas Lovelace said.

Officers transported Barnhill to the Buncombe County Detention Facility and released him around an hour and a half later, according to police.

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The Weaverville Police Department said less than 24 hours later, on March 19, Barnhill went to the Fairfield Inn & Suites, where he allegedly assaulted a woman and held her against her will.

Lovelace was again booked into the Buncombe County Detention Facility.

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He faces charges of assault on a female, assault by strangulation, attempted second-degree sex offense, kidnapping, and trespassing in connection to the second incident, and he was being held on a $352,000 bond.

hotel incidents
Source: Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office; UNSPLASH
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