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Raeford man faces felony charges for sexual assault, kidnapping

Posted May 23

Charles Lamont Cottingham faces felony charges after a Saturday incident.
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— A man has been charged with multiple felonies following an incident that occurred Saturday in Hoke County.

According to the Hoke County Sheriff's Office, Charles Lamont Cottingham, 32, of Hope Mills, was arrested Saturday and faces felony charges of first-degree forcible sexual offense and second-degree kidnapping. His bond is secured at $5,000.

The incident leading to Cottingham's arrest occurred around 8 p.m., when Hoke County traffic units stopped Cottingham's vehicle at a locked and gated driveway near the 3700 block of Phillipi Church Road. When deputies approached the car, a female passenger used non-verbal communication to indicate that something was wrong, authorities said.

Once deputies removed Cottingham from the driver's seat, the passenger alerted deputies that Cottingham had a handgun in the car. Deputies located the handgun, and Cottingham was later arrested.

Later investigations revealed that Cottingham had picked up the passenger in Fayetteville before driving to Hoke County and parking on a dirt road. At that time, Cottingham displayed his handgun and sexually assaulted the victim, authorities said.

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