Woman escapes after being held captive in Lincolnton man’s home over Valentine’s Day weekend

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. — A Lincoln County man is facing a number of charges after deputies said he sexually assaulted and attacked a woman who he held captive in his home over Valentine’s Day weekend.

Deputies said they were called to a home on Barsdale Lane in Lincolnton after a woman ran to another house and asked the resident to call 911 because she was being held against her will. The woman stayed with the caller until deputies got there.

The victim told investigators that she had gone to 61-year-old Randy Rinck, Sr.’s home on Saturday night to visit. While together, she told deputies that she and Rinck went riding around and Rinck began drinking alcohol and started assaulting her.

When they got back to the home, she said Rinck threatened her with a knife and wouldn’t let her leave.

According to the victim, he continued to assault her during the weekend which resulted in two black eyes and small cuts on her body. She also told deputies that he sexually assaulted her during one of the attacks.

The victim was able to escape to a neighbor’s house on Monday where law enforcement was called.

Rinck has been charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sex offense, felony restraint, assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon. He is being held at the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center under a $60,000 secured bond.