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Hoke sheriff: Man zip-tied wife during assault

Posted September 11, 2012

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— A Raeford man was arrested Monday after he allegedly used plastic zip ties to bind his wife's wrists and ankles together while he assaulted her, according to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office.

Richard Alan Whitehurst, 33, of 301 McDougald Drive, was charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault on a female and jailed under a $30,000 secured bond.

His wife, Donna Whitehurst, took out a domestic violence protective order against him, authorities said.

Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Tuesday that the couple got into an argument in the early morning hours Monday and that Richard Whitehurst ripped of his wife's clothing, bound her wrists and ankles, threw her into the bathtub and continued to assault her for 15 minutes.

When he cut her loose, Donna Whitehurst got dressed and ran down McDougald Drive to call her mother for help. She called 911 around 5:30 a.m. 


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  • hmmmmm Sep 12, 2012

    It's not about wanting to be in a relationship with your victim, it is all about control. When they feel they are losing control, they assault/kill the person who has taken that control away from them. Then, when the assaulted person leaves, they pull out all the stops to lure them back. Threats of suicide, threats against children or other loved ones, even tears (They always cry), in order to guilt their victim to return to them. These bottom feeders simply cannot stand to lose control.

  • nancyjacobs58 Sep 12, 2012

    My Question is "Why do you refer to this person as a MAN" he is by no means a man and not worthy to be labled as such, glad he is not my son because I would have a hard time accepting his actions.

  • jellybeanz Sep 12, 2012

    "the law was changed so that one could not "drop" domestic assault charges after the assailant was arrested."

    You are correct, this is now A.D.A's treat DV cases now.

  • Wiser_now Sep 12, 2012

    What a "man". His momma must be so proud. I hope is soon-to-be-ex-wife gets everything he owns and then moves away to a safe place to enjoy it.

  • iron fist Sep 12, 2012

    What is wrong with people (men) if you don't want to be in a relationship with a woman just leave enough of this violence against women

  • lazyrebel Sep 12, 2012

    We have gotten to overzealous in these kind of cases.

  • Scubagirl Sep 12, 2012

    Hope that 30K bond is NOT secured w/ a house the 2 of them own. Think I'd also be filing some divorce papers as well against this bum, as I'm sure he thinks he owns his wife and can do whatever he chooses to her.

  • sophiemom Sep 12, 2012

    Glass Half Full, I may be wrong, but when I lived in NC, I remember (I think) that the law was changed so that one could not "drop" domestic assault charges after the assailant was arrested. Maybe that is no longer true . . anyone know?

  • Whosays Sep 12, 2012

    Don't let this guy loose to kill her seems to be an epidemic.

  • change2012 Sep 12, 2012

    I hope this woman doesnt go back to him and I hope this man is punished...