Man Kidnaps, Assaults Daughter’s Teenage Boyfriend

Walter Rinderer

Walter Rinderer

LINCOLN COUNTY, N.C. – A Lincolnton man turned himself in on Monday for kidnapping and assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

Walter Thomas Rinderer, 32, was charged with felony first-degree kidnapping and misdemeanor assault and battery.

A criminal complaint signed by the victim’s mother states that Rinderer forced her son into a vehicle at a park in Maiden and drove the boy to a residence on Buffalo Shoals Road in Maiden against his will.

The complaint says the 15-year old victim was dating Rinderer’s daughter.

According to warrants for his arrest, Rinderer pulled the boy out of the vehicle and struck him multiple times about the face and head with a closed fist and forearm, and kneed him in the ribs. The boy’s injuries included knots on his head, a laceration on his mouth, a swollen left ear, bruising on his face and ribs, and scrapes on his shoulder and back.

Rinderer was also charged with felony probation violation.  He is held in the Catawba County Detention Facility under an $18,000 secured bond.  He is scheduled to appear in court on the probation violation charge on June 24, on the kidnapping charge on July 3, and on the assault charge on July 8.

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