Dykes

A Johnson City, Tenn., man is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon after deputies responded to a report of a sexual assault in Chilhowie Tuesday night.

Sheriff Chip Shuler said 42-year-old Charles Eugene Dykes was arrested after he assaulted an 18-year-old Chilhowie woman at gunpoint.

Dykes had been staying with friends at a residence on St. Clairs Creek Road in Chilhowie a few days before the assault took place, Shuler said.

He is charged with forcible sodomy, abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony.

The Virginia state Police, ATF and Drug Enforcement Administration assisted the Smyth County Sheriff's Office in the investigation. 

Additional charges are pending against other people in the case.

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