Graham man charged with kidnapping, assault

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Clayton Samuel Paul, 34, of Graham

GRAHAM, N.C. — A Graham man faces kidnapping and assault charges after deputies said he held a woman against her will at gunpoint in his home.

Clayton Samuel Paul, 34, faces various charges after Alamance County deputies responded to 1232 Small Ave. around 10 a.m. Sunday.

Deputies said the suspect had been holding the victim against her will for several hours with a shotgun, abusing her multiple times. He was arrested after authorities arrived at the house.

Authorities said the victim had several apparent injuries and was taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center where she was treated and released.

The suspect is accused of threatening the victim with a shotgun, shooting at close range to her and leaving a hole in his wall.

Officials said the suspect also had an active domestic violence protective order in place forbidding him from having contact with the victim.

The suspect faces various charges including one count each of second degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, assaulting a female and possessing a firearm by a felon.

Deputies said Paul was placed under a “no bond” status for the domestic violence charges and an $85,000 secured bond for the remaining counts. His first court appearance is planned for Monday.