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Gaston man held in abduction of woman, child

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Gaston County Police say Richard Yates Dagnen was charged with abducting a woman and her 3-year-old child Tuesday in Gaston County. (Gaston County Police photo.)

A Gaston County man faces several felony charges after allegedly abducting a woman and her 3-year-old child Tuesday, police say.

Investigators say the suspect was the woman’s ex-boyfriend and was the child’s father. Police also say there was a history of domestic violence in the relationship. The suspect is identified by authorities as Richard Yates Dagnen, 29, of Mount Holly.

Gaston County police say they were called Tuesday to a residence in the 1000 block of Cherry Tree Court in the northern part of the county on a missing person report. They say evidence at the scene indicated the residents, a woman and her child, might have been assaulted and taken against their wills.

Police say they found the Dagnen, the woman and the child together at a residence in the 200 block of Tomberlin Road in Mount Holly. County and Mount Holly police took Dagnen into custody. They say the woman had injuries which they described as non-life threatening. The child was not hurt.

Dagnen was charged with first-degree kidnapping; felony breaking and entering; assault inflicting serious bodily injury; and assault inflicting serious body injury with a minor present.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to contact Gaston County police at 704-866-3320.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107 Twitter: @slyttle
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