On Tuesday, a Gaston County man accused of kidnapping a woman and slashing her throat had little to say during his first appearance before a judge Tuesday.
Eyewitness News learned new information before the man's bond hearing Tuesday.
Eyewitness News spoke with police who confirmed that Rodney Helton Jr. connected online with the 23-year-old accuser. She had never been to his home near Stanley before Sunday.
Helton had no prior relationship with her, according to police. The woman drove to Helton's home while his grandparents were at church, according to police. Helton then attacked her at the home, police said.
He "cut her and beat here there. Bound her. Put her in her car," Sgt. Steve Dover with Gaston County Police Department said.
As Helton's grandparents returned home, the woman lifted her hands so they could see she was tied up in the back seat, police said. Helton took off in the car and his grandmother called 911.
"Had it not been for the call to 911, she may not be here with us today," said prosecutor Beth Stockwell.
Police said he gave no motive for allegedly kidnapping the woman, driving her to an abandoned road, cutting her throat, leaving her to die.
"He wasn't very forthcoming about his reasoning behind that," Dover said.
Police found her 30 minutes later. They said she was bloody and alive. Detectives said she is out of the hospital.
"She is a very lucky young lady," Dover said.
Helton hid in the woods near Stanley for about seven hours before an officer talked to him by cellphone and convinced him to give up.
"You are like my own son instead of my grandson, but you know what you done was wrong and you are going to have to face it," said Helton's grandmother Brenda Smith.
Eyewitness News will be in court when Helton faces a judge on kidnapping, rape and attempted-murder charges.