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Jefaris Mikel Bennett

THOMASVILLE, N.C. — A man is in custody accused of assaulting a woman and then holding her against her will.

Jefaris Mikel Bennett, 20, of Thomasville, is charged with second-degree kidnapping, assault on a female, interfering with emergency communication, and resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer.

On Saturday, officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of James Avenue after receiving information that a woman was being held against her will.

A female, who had visible signs of injuries to her face, answered the door. While an officer was speaking to her, another officer spoke to Bennett inside the residence.

After a few moments, Bennett attempted to run from the officer and was taken into custody.

The victim said Bennett assaulted her and then prevented her from leaving her apartment. She said she was able to send a text message to a friend who called police.

Bennett was placed in the Davidson County Jail under no bond and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 28, 2015.