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3/30/2022 1:51:00 PM
Man Arrested And Charged With Assaulting His Girlfriend
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Photo Courtesy Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

Lincoln County Sheriff's
Office Press Release


LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A Lincoln County man has been charged with attempted murder after assaulting his girlfriend Monday night.

Deputies were responding to a 9-1-1 open line Monday night around 11:15 p.m. at 407 NC Highway 274. As officers approached the residence they observed a female standing on a side porch with blood on her face, hands arms, legs and feet. She told officers that she was laying on the couch in the residence when she and her boyfriend, identified as Charlie Austin Costner, 27, got into a verbal argument that led to a physical altercation.

During the altercation, the woman told officers she was struck and choked by Costner and lost consciousness. She regained consciousness while on the floor and unlocked her cell phone to an open 9-1-1 line. She said she was unable to speak because the suspect was holding his hand over her mouth. The victim described the suspect as an MMA fighter. The victim was transported to Atrium Health – Lincoln for treatment.

Officers checked the residence but the suspect had fled the scene. Warrants were issued charging Costner with attempted murder. He was arrested Tuesday at the residence without incident and placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center without the privilege of bond. Following a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court bond for Costner was set at $100,000 secured.



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