Man wanted by Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office accused of kidnapping ex-girlfriend

Jacob Houser - Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Jacob Houser – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – A Stanley man has been charged but has not been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and assault of an ex-girlfriend who lives on Cowan’s Ford Road off Highway 73.

On July 16, 2016 deputies were dispatched to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook after a passing motorist reported a male was assaulting a female at that location. The motorist told officers he was driving past the Overlook when he spotted a female in distress. The female was screaming and waving her arms as a male subject was screaming at her. The male then ran to the edge of the hill at the overlook and disappeared over the edge.

The victim identified as 22 year old Kaitlin Victoria Greene told officers she was at her residence on Cowan’s Ford Road when she heard a knock at the door. She partially opened the door and her ex-boyfriend, Jacob Allen Houser, 21, of Hines Circle Road, Stanley, NC forced his way into the residence.

The victim said Houser grabbed her by the throat, dragged her out of the residence and into his pickup truck. He drove her to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook. He then pulled her out of the truck and toward the water. She began to scream and that drew the attention of the passing motorist.

Houser then ran to the edge of the overlook as officers from Huntersville Police Department and Charlotte Mecklenburg Police arrived on the scene. CMPD called in a K-9 unit to assist in the search for the man but they were unable to locate him. The victim was transported to CHS-Lincoln for treatment.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Matt Lykins and Detective Justin Link charged Houser with one felony count each of 2nd Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Burglary of an Occupied Dwelling, and Assault by Strangulation Inflicting Physical Injury. He is also charged with one misdemeanor count each of Interfering with Emergency Communications and Driving While License are Revoked. He is also wanted in Mecklenburg County for Failure to Appear.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jacob Allen Houser is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

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