Husband of Sunset Beach police chief accused of abusing wife

OCEAN ISLE BEACH, N.C. (AP) — The husband of Sunset Beach’s police chief has been accused of kidnapping and strangling her.

The StarNews of Wilmington (http://bit.ly/293WEog ) reports that 45-year-old Richard C. Joyner of Ocean Isle Beach was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree kidnapping and assault by strangulation.

Authorities say the suspect kidnapped his wife, Lisa Joyner, by unlawfully restraining her by choking her at their home early Monday.

Police say Lisa Joyner had bruising on her neck following the incident.

Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker says Lisa Joyner was placed on medical leave on Monday for seven days.

It is unclear whether Richard Joyner has an attorney.

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Information from: The StarNews, http://starnewsonline.com

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