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Man accused of kidnapping, assaulting girlfriend faces judge


A Gaston County man appeared before a judge on Tuesday after he is accused of holding a woman hostage and assaulting her over the weekend.

Twenty-one-year-old Rodney James Helton, Junior was arrested on Sunday after officers talked him out of a wooded area where he was hiding.

Authorities say a Helton's grandmother, Brenda Smith, came home from church on Sunday to find her his girlfriend tied up in her Mount Holly home.

Investigators said Smith called police around 1:15 p.m. and Helton ran out of the house and got into a car with the woman.

Authorities say the woman escaped a short time later. She suffered cuts to her neck, but is expected to survive.

Investigators say 21-year-old Rodney Helton Jr. hid in the woods for about seven hours before a Gaston County Police officer called him on his cell phone and convinced him to surrender.

Helton's grandmother told WBTV she has a message for her grandson.

"I would tell him I love him, but I wasn't proud of him. As my daddy told me growing up, if you are going to do the crime you're going to pay the time," Smith said.

Helton has been charged with kidnapping, rape, attempted murder and other charges. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond.

He will be back in court on September 23.

Helton is a convicted felon. He has a slew of recent break-in and larceny charges, according to jail and Department of Corrections records.

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