LINCOLNTON — A Hickory man was arrested in Burke County after police say he assaulted and robbed a man last week.
Ethan Trent Roten, 18, of Roten Road in Hickory, was charged with felony common law robbery, according to a release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
Charges against Roten came after a 34-year-old victim, who told police he had met the man on a social dating website, agreed to meet Roten at around 4 a.m. on May 22, the release said. The victim said after they met in a parking lot on Laboratory Road, they walked down the Lincoln County Walking Trail for about five minutes before going through a wooded area to South Fork River, where they sat together and talked until Roten said he needed to use the restroom, the release said.
The victim said Roten walked behind him and struck him in the left side of his face, causing him to blackout. When he woke up, the victim saw Roten running down the path they had taken, the release said, and that Roten had taken the victim’s cap, head light, $300 in cash and vape pen and tubes.
The victim then drove around for about 30 minutes before stopping at a convenience store in the 1400 block of East Main Street in Lincolnton because he wasn’t familiar with the area, the release said. Law enforcement and EMS were dispatched to the scene, and the victim was transferred to Atrium Health Lincoln for treatment of a cut over his eye.
A photo of the suspect was distributed to the media, and tips from the public led to charges being filed against Roten, the release said. Roten was arrested on 2725 U.S. 70 East in Morganton on Saturday and his bond was set at $20,000 secured.
Roten's next court date is set for today in Lincoln County, according to the N.C. Judicial Branch website.