Cherryville man faces assault, kidnapping charges

- A western Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon, police say. 

On Sunday, February 14 around 6:30 p.m. deputies were dispatched to CHS-Lincoln Emergency Room in reference an assault that happened at a home in the 6200 block of Hill-Gates Road in Cherryville.

The victim, Natalie Nicole Mosteller, told officers she had been assaulted by her boyfriend, Franklin Luther Beam, IV, 35, of Cherryville.

Mosteller told officers the assault began around 11 a.m. and continued for several hours after Beam accused her of being unfaithful.

Police say during that time she was assaulted with a metal broom stick, the suspect’s fist and open hand, and choked until she became unconscious.

Mosteller told officers she tried to get away several times but was grabbed by the suspect and detained. She finally escaped the home and ran to a neighbor’s house where she called Beam’s parents who took her to the hospital.

Mosteller sustained bruises on her arms, face, legs and body during the incident. She also sustained a fractured collar bone, broken nose and finger. Police say she was treated for her injuries and released from the hospital.

Detective Runyon swore out warrants and he and patrol deputies went to the residence to take Beam into custody.  When they arrived on Hill-Gates Trail the suspect opened the door slightly but slammed it shut when he saw the officers. Deputies kicked in the door and took Beam into custody following after a brief struggle.

Beam is charged with one felony count each of Assault with A Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury, Kidnapping, and Assault By Strangulation. He is also charged with misdemeanor counts of Resist, Delay and Obstruct a Public Officer and Assault on a Female.

Beam went before a judge Monday, Feb. 15 and was placed under a $750,000 secured bond. 

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