BOONE — A man and a woman, both from Watauga, allegedly held two different people at gunpoint and searched each individual for drugs, according to search warrant documents.
The Watauga County Sheriff’s Office arrested Thomas David Hughes, 27, of 544 Crocker Road, Blowing Rock, on June 20 and subsequently arrested Maggie Frances Miller, 21, of 497 Old U.S. 421 South, Boone, on June 21.
Hughes was charged with felony second-degree kidnapping, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, simple assault, child abuse, injury to personal property, resisting a police officer, felony first-degree kidnapping, sexual battery and assault on a female. He was issued a $150,000 secured bond and a July 26 court date, according to the arrest report.
Miller was charged with two counts of felony second-degree kidnapping, two counts of assault by pointing a gun, simple assault and two counts of child abuse. She was issued a $50,000 secured bond and a July 26 court date.
Search warrant documents state that Hughes and Miller allegedly held a female victim at gunpoint with a semi-automatic pistol on June 16. The warrants for arrest for both Hughes and Miller stated that the female was reportedly confined and restrained without her consent.
The two reportedly stripped down the alleged victim and searched her for narcotics — specifically methamphetamine, according to the search warrant. The female was reportedly sexually assaulted during the search when Hughes allegedly engaged in sexual contact without the female’s consent.
Miller’s arrest warrant indicates that she is the parent of a child who was present during the June 16 alleged crime.
Three days later, Hughes and Miller allegedly kidnapped a male and “forced him into the vehicle Miller was driving,” according to the search warrant. The document states that the male was assaulted on June 19 and was also held at gunpoint. Both arrest warrants stated that the two had punched the male in the face “causing lacerations and bleeding.”
According to Hughes’ warrant for arrest, he damaged the alleged male victim’s cellphone. Before leaving the male, Hughes and Miller “made him give them methamphetamine,” the search warrant stated.
The search warrant was issued for a 2003 Honda Pilot that was used in the alleged crime. Items that were seized from the vehicle include two wallets and four cellphones.
Hughes was found guilty of misdemeanor assault of a government official/employee, felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun in Watauga District Court in 2017. In the same year he had a simple assault charge dismissed.
Court documents state that a man by the name of Thomas David Hughes with the same birthdate but different addresses has had previous charges dismissed in several different counties. These charges include: an assault of a government official/employee charge dismissed in Buncombe County in 2009; a simple assault charge that was dismissed by deferred proceeding or deferred prosecution in 2009 in Guilford County; a simple assault charge dismissed in 2010 in Mitchell County; an assault on a female charge dismissed in 2011 in Mitchell County; assault and battery and misdemeanor larceny charges in Mitchell County dismissed in 2012; a simple assault charge dismissed in 2013 in Watauga County; a misdemeanor child abuse charge dismissed in Catawba County in 2015; an assault and battery charge dismissed in Mitchell County in 2017; and an assault on a female charge dismissed in 2018 in Iredell County.