NC man accused of kidnapping same woman twice in 3 months now on the run

Jacob Houser (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)
Jacob Houser (Lincoln County Sheriff's Office)

STANLY, N.C. (WBTV) — Authorities in Lincoln County are looking for a man who allegedly kidnapped a woman two times in three months.

Around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Lincoln County Communications Center received a call from a resident on Cowan’s Ford Road that a man broke into the home, assaulted him and kidnapped a 22-year-old woman.

The suspects were identified as 21-year-old Jacob Alan Houser, the female victim’s ex-boyfriend, who is already facing a number of charges in connection with the first alleged kidnapping of the same woman, and a male accomplice who stayed in the vehicle while Houser reportedly went inside and forcibly brought the woman out of the home and put her in the car.

They then left the scene in a black vehicle, believed to be a Honda Civic. Houser was wearing a white shirt, khaki shorts, dark hat and black shoes. Deputies searched areas in and around Old Plank Road, Stanley, NC, where Houser lives but did not locate him. They did, however, find the female victim and Houser’s accomplice.

Houser faces charges in connection with Wednesday’s incident including felony first-degree kidnapping and felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. Deputies said the case is still under investigation and further charges are pending.

The previous incident took place on July 16. Deputies were dispatched to the Cowan’s Ford Overlook after a passing motorist reported a male was assaulting a female there. The motorist told officers the female was screaming and waving her arms as a male subject was screaming at her. The male then reportedly ran to the edge of the hill at the overlook and disappeared over the edge.

The victim, the same 22-year-old, told responding officers she was at her home on Cowan’s Ford Road when she heard a knock at the door. She said she partially opened the door and Houser forced his way inside.

The victim said Houser grabbed her by the throat, dragged her out of the residence and into his pickup truck and drove to the overlook. He then reportedly pulled her out of the truck and toward the water before she began to scream and that drew the attention of the passing motorist.

Houser was eventually found with the help of K-9 officers.

In that incident, Houser was charged with one felony count each of second-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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