Lincoln Co. man found guilty of sexual assault before going missing has been caught and arrested

Rinck was not in court during the last days of the trial
Randy Lee Rinck Sr.
Randy Lee Rinck Sr.(Source: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 24, 2021 at 11:57 AM EDT
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LINCOLNTON, N.C. (WBTV) - A Lincoln County man who had been found guilty by a jury in Lincoln County Superior Court last week but failed to return to court after the first day of the trial was caught and arrested on Tuesday.

Randy Lee Rinck Sr., 61, who was on trial for a number of charges--including sexual assault--that were related to an incident that occurred February 13 and 14, 2021, was found in Rockingham by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office deputies. He was turned over to a Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office transport office and returned to Lincoln County.

Deputies were sent to a home on Barsdale Lane in Lincolnton on Feb. 15 after a woman ran to a residence and asked the occupant to call 911, saying she was being held against her will. She remained with the caller until officers arrived on the scene.

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The woman told deputies that she had gone to the residence of Rinck’s home to visit. While together she told officers they went riding around and during that time Rinck began drinking alcohol and started assaulting her. When they returned his home, he allegedly threatened her with a knife and refused to let her leave.

He allegedly continued to assault her during the weekend which resulted in two black eyes and small cuts on her body. During the assaults, a sexual offense occurred.

Rinck was found guilty of second-degree forcible sexual offense and assault with a deadly weapon.

Although Rinck was not in court during the last days of the trial, he was found guilty on the charges.

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