On August 20, 2023, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office responded to Ridge St., Asheboro, in reference to a welfare check. The caller stated they could hear someone in the area screaming for help. Upon arrival, the caller led the deputy to the back of the property and pointed out the direction in which the screams were coming from. They began hearing a female yelling for help again. The deputy climbed the fence and made his way into the woods, locating a campsite with a male and female on site. As the deputy approached the individuals, the male saw the deputy and fled on foot. After a brief foot chase, the male, identified as Dustin Eli Skeen, was apprehended and escorted out of the woods.
The victim, who had a visible laceration, reportedly had been assaulted and threatened by Skeen with whom she had been in a relationship.
Skeen was placed under arrest and transported to the Randolph County Detention Center where the magistrate found probable cause for felony second degree kidnapping and misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon. Skeen is being held on a Domestic Violence Hold and is set to appear in Randolph County District Court on Monday August 21, 2023.
Name of Defendant:
Dustin Eli Skeen