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Joseph Timothy O’Buckley

Marion police officers responded to an assault at Sportsman Inn Friday morning that put one man behind bars.

Police said in the early morning hours on Friday, Jennifer Smith, 52, of Marion reported being assaulted by Joseph Timothy O’Buckley, 34, of Marion at the Sportsman Inn on U.S. 221 Business. Smith was transported to Mission Hospital in Asheville due to the injuries she sustained during the assault.

O’Buckley was charged with felony assault inflicting serious injury, assault on a female and second-degree kidnapping. He was taken into custody in lieu of a $75,000 bond.

The McDowell County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident.

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