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Man charged for kidnapping wife

June 8, 2011

Sheriff's deputies have an alleged kidnapper in custody after a four-hour search.

Jamey Danyel Lineberger, 33, of Sherrills Ford, took his estranged wife from her home near Bethany Church Road and forced her into a van about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"(The couple) separated in October, and he showed up at her new apartment and tried to get in," said Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid.

"When he couldn't get it the front door, he goes to climb through the window."

Reid said when the woman and her daughter saw Lineberger trying to climb through the home's window, they ran through the front door. Reid said the woman's daughter called 9-1-1 when she saw Lineberger on the property.

"Law enforcement was en route at that time," Reid said.

Reid said Lineberger then made his way outside, grabbed his estranged wife, "throws" her in a van, registered to Lineberger's father, and leaves the property. Lineberger showed the woman a pocket knife he had in his possession, but Reid said he did not use the knife at any point.

"Officers were almost there when the van took off," Reid said. "We spotted it and went on a chase for about 10 to 15 miles."

Reid said Lineberger then went into Lincoln County, and Lincoln County Sheriff's Office started assisting CCSO with the chase. Once Lineberger entered Lincoln County, Reid said Lineberger drove into a field, through a fence and then wrecked his van in the 3800 block of Goodson Road. Reid said Lineberger escaped from the vehicle and ran from the scene. Estimated property damage on Goodson Road was undetermined at press time Wednesday.

At that time, sheriff's deputies were able to secure the woman, who suffered no injuries during the incident.

Reid said K-9 units and sheriff's deputies from Catawba and Lincoln counties set up a perimeter and tracked Lineberger to an area near Diesel Drive and N.C. 150 East, where they lost his scent. Reid suspected Lineberger got a ride away from the scene.

About an hour after taking the K-9s off the search, sheriff's deputies announced Lineberger turned himself in at about 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Catawba County jail. Reid said Lineberger is not telling law enforcement how he got to the jail or if he was picked up from the N.C. 150 site.

Lineberger is charged with first-degree kidnapping, breaking and entering, assault on a female, criminal domestic trespass, fleeing arrest with motor vehicle and hit and run leaving the scene with property damage. Lineberger is being held in Catawba County jail on a $7,500 bond. His first court appearance is Friday.

In addition to the two sheriff's departments, N.C. Highway Patrol also used its helicopter during the search in Lincoln County.

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