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Man Charged With Trying to Kill Woman

A Roanoke Rapids man is accused of beating, kicking, stabbing and raping a woman – and using a knife to cut off her hair.

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Paul Faulkner, charged with attacking Roanoke Rapids woman
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — A Roanoke Rapids man was arrested Monday on charges that he tried to kill a woman, authorities said.

Paul Faulkner was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of communicating threats. He was being held without bond in the Halifax County Jail.

Faulkner's father flagged down a deputy outside Halifax Regional Medical Center and reported that a woman had been assaulted in the Colonial Drive neighborhood of Roanoke Rapids and was being treated at the hospital, authorities said.

The woman told the deputy that she had been stabbed in the arm and head, held at knifepoint, kicked, punched and sexually assaulted. The woman also said her assailant used a hunting knife to cut off part of her hair, authorities said.

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