Weaverville hotel worker fights off man’s attempted forcible offense

WEAVERVILLE – A man whom police had previously not to “enter or remain” at a local hotel was arrested and charged with attempted second degree forcible sexual offense, and the woman he allegedly victimized told the Citizen Times he picked the wrong one.

Richard Carlton Barnhill, 30, of Erwin, Tenn., was arrested by the Weaverville Police Department on March 20 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites and faces charges for first degree kidnapping, assault by strangulation, as well as attempted second degree forcible sexual offense, assault on a female and second degree trespass. He has a secured bond of $352,000 and is being held in the Buncombe County Detention Center, according to a news release.

The woman, who spoke to the Citizen-Times, said she works at the hotel and was followed by Barnhill into a room, where he told her to take off her clothes. When she refused, he assaulted her, she said.

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