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Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault
Dexter Lynn Whitaker: Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Man Charged With Kidnapping, Assault

29-year-old Dexter Lynn Whitaker of Hamptonville was arrested Wednesday (August 12) by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony counts of first-degree kidnapping, assault inflicting serious bodily injury, and domestic violence protective order violation. In addition Whitaker is charged with misdemeanor counts of interfering with emergency communications, assault on a female, child abuse, and resisting a public officer.

On Wednesday, the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by North Carolina Probation Officers in Yadkin County, and requested to assist them with checking a residence on Anthony Road, in Hamptonville. The deputies were further informed a female, along with her three-month-old child were being held against her will at the address by Dexter Lynn Whitaker, who had recently been placed on probation in Yadkin County for an incident where he had kidnapped the same victim.

There was an active domestic violence protective order in effect against Dexter Whitaker, which was taken out by the victim. When the officers arrived at the home, Whitaker told them that the victim was not at the home and he had not seen her in approximately two weeks.

While the deputies and probation officers were searching the residence, items belonging to the woman were found which led officers to believe she and the child were somewhere on the property. After an extensive search of the property, the woman was found behind the residence holding the child.

The victim had apparent signs of an assault, and was bruised. Officers learned that the woman and the child been held captive at the residence for approximately three days after the assault had occurred. She went on to say she was hiding in the woods at the direction of Whitaker. The child was unharmed.

Whitaker was jailed in the Iredell County Detention Center under a $605,000 dollar secured bond. He’s scheduled to appear in District Court September 2.