Ayden man charged with kidnapping, assaulting 16-year-old girl
Posted January 24, 2013 8:22 a.m. EST
Updated January 24, 2013 9:12 a.m. EST
Greenville, N.C. — Greenville police on Wednesday arrested and charged an Ayden man in connection with the Monday kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl.
Sherman Lane Smith, 40, is charged with one count each of first-degree kidnapping, felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury and assault with a deadly weapon. He was taken into custody at the Camelot Inn in Greenville.
According to investigators, Smith's assault of the teenager resulted in broken ribs, a collapsed lung, severe bruising, a black eye and a cut lip. Smith also cut the girl's throat, police said.
No information about the girl's condition was immediately available.
Smith was in the Pitt County jail Thursday under a $300,000 secured bond. Police said Smith has previously been arrested for attempted murder, breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle.