34-year-old Rafael Septine Soto of 21st Street Drive S.E. in Hickory was arrested by Hickory Police early Tuesday morning (December 8) on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, driving while license revoked, and fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag. He also faces nine counts of failure to appear. Soto has reportedly failed to appear in court on charges of driving while license revoked (four counts), resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving or allowing a motor vehicle to be driven with no registration, and fictitious or altered title, registration card, or tag (two counts).
Soto was taken into custody without incident at about 2 a.m. Tuesday at Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory. He was jailed in the Catawba Co. Detention Facility with bond set at $29,500, secured. District Court appearances were scheduled for December 11 & 14 and for February 5.