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Man charged with assaulting woman, neighbor, police

A Lincoln County man is jailed Friday and accused of assaulting his girlfriend, a neighbor who tried to help, and sheriff’s deputies who responded.

And the suspect’s dogs allegedly attacked deputies, injuring one of them.

The sheriff’s office says Donald Michael Hoyle, 34, of Tin Mine Road near Lincolnton, was charged with two felonies and a number of misdemeanors in the incident, which allegedly took place early Thursday afternoon.

Deputies say they were called to the Tin Mine Road residence shortly before 1 p.m., when a woman said she was being assaulted by her boyfriend, whom she identified as Hoyle. She said he had beaten her with a baseball bat and a glass vase.

The woman ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911 but said the suspect followed her, broke into the house, and assaulted her again. He also is accused of assaulting the neighbor and grabbing his cell phone, to prevent him from calling deputies.

The suspect then fled, deputies say.

The woman was taken to CMC-Lincoln for treatment, and deputies began searching for Hoyle. They found him about 4:50 p.m., when he returned to the residence.

Investigators say Hoyle locked himself in the home, but deputies kicked in the door after getting permission from Hoyle’s father.

Three officers went into the home, and they say Hoyle began fighting with them. During the altercation, deputies say, Hoyle’s dogs attacked the officers. Deputy Lonnie Leonard was bitten several times on the legs and needed hospital treatment.

Hoyle eventually was taken into custody, and Lincoln County Animal Services removed the dogs from the residence.

Hoyle has been charged with felony assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury; and breaking and entering a building. He also faces a number of misdemeanors -- larceny; assault on a government official; assault on a female; communicating threats; injury to personal property; possession of a controlled substance; possession of drug paraphernalia; resisting, delaying and obstructing a public officer; and interfering with emergency communications.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107.
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