Felon charged in Hamlet assault


ROCKINGHAM — A Scotland County felon is accused of assaulting a woman in Richmond County and damaging her television.

According to an arrest warrant taken out by the alleged victim, 28-year-old Quinton Lamar Baker, of Willow Drive, Laurinburg, told a Hamlet woman he would punch her in the face and assaulted her on June 13.

Baker is accused of poking the woman in her in the face, slamming her to the floor — injuring her forearm — and putting his hands around her throat and squeezing.

He also allegedly caused more than $200 worth of damage to the victim’s 50-inch LG television.

Baker was arrested by Hamlet police on Wednesday and charged with one misdemeanor count each of assault on a female, injury to personal property and communicating threats.

He was jailed under a 48-hour domestic violence hold and is scheduled for a bond hearing on Friday. His court date for the charges is set for July 6 in district court.

Court documents show that as a condition of his release, Baker is to have no contact with the alleged victim and is ordered to stay away from her home, school, business or place of employment as well as refrain from assaulting her any further.

Online court records show Baker is facing a traffic violation for driving with a revoked license.

Baker’s first conviction was in 2004 on a misdemeanor charge of possessing a weapon on campus in Robeson County, according to records with the N.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Adult Correction.

In 2007, he was convicted on felony charges of receiving or possessing a firearm and possession of a firearm by a felon in Scotland County, for which he spent three months behind bars in 2009.

Reach reporter William R. Toler at 910-817-2675 and follow him on Twitter @William_r_Toler.