Lincolnton man charged with 2nd degree kidnapping


Pictured above: William Vanzile – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office

Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies’ investigation into a domestic dispute has led to charges against a Lincoln County man.

On June 29, 2018 around 11:30 p.m. officers were dispatched to Car Farm Road, Lincolnton, NC after a woman told a friend to call the Communications Center if she wasn’t back from picking up her belongings at a residence on Sherrill Farm Road.

The caller attempted to follow a car driven by Coral Smalt and passenger, William James Vanzile, 34, of Sherrill Farm Road, Lincolnton, NC after Ms. Smalt went to residence to pick up the belongings. Mr. Vanzile convinced the woman to take him to a nearby convenience store before he left. The pair got into an argument at the store and left the scene. A short distance away the woman was forced to stop and the male passenger got into the driver’s seat. After driving through several neighborhoods the female said she wanted to drive and Vanzile allowed her to do so. The woman told officers that she feared for her life and wanted to get out of the car but Vanzile would not let her.

The man following the two people lost sight of the car on Shuford Road, Lincolnton, NC. The car was spotted later on Car Farm Road and stopped by deputies. During the investigation deputies learned that Vanzile had drugs on his person but told officers he disposed of the drugs by throwing them out of the window.

Vanzile was transported to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed about what happened. Following the interview deputies were escorting Vanzile back to the patrol car when they observed a clear plastic bag drop from his shorts. He confirmed the drugs in the bag was methamphetamine.

Vanzile was charged with one felony count each of 2nd degree kidnapping and possession of methamphetamine and one misdemeanor count each of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was placed in the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $26,500 secured bond.

Investigating officers were Deputies K. Cornett and J. Allen.

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