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Patrick Harding Cleary (Mugshot provided by: Yadkin County Sheriff's Office)

YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A Yadkinville man who was arrested over the weekend on kidnapping and assault charges threatened his victim with a machete, according to Yadkin County Sheriff William Oliver.

Sheriff Oliver says Patrick Harding Cleary, 48, was arrested Friday after deputies responded to a report of a person being held against their will.

The victim was held for about three hours, during which Cleary “used a machete to threaten physical harm,” Oliver said. The suspect allegedly used the machete to damage a telephone to prevent the victim from calling 911.

The victim was able to get away from Cleary when the suspect fell asleep, Oliver said.

Oliver says deputies also found marijuana growing on Cleary’s property while they were gathering evidence from his home.

Cleary is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon, injury to personal property, communicating threats, interference with emergency communication and manufacture marijuana.

He is being held in the Yadkin County Detention Center under a $100,000 secured bond.

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