Asheville Naked Suspect

(Asheville Police Department / June 7, 2021)

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina)- Asheville police said they have taken the naked man accused of breaking into several homes on Sunday assaulting residents of the homes into custody.

According to a release from the Asheville Police Department, the suspect was identified as 35-year-old James Cody Pickard. Police described Pickard as 5'6 weighing 155 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes, a brown beard, and a tattoo on his upper right arm.

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office says that Pickard was taken into custody after a deputy approached him and attempted to open a the door to a vehicle that Pickard was occupying. When the deputy opened the door, the sheriff's office says that Pickard put the vehicle in reverse and almost pinned the deputy against a utility pole.

Deputies say that after this, Pickard drove his car into a ditch and fled on foot before being arrested. 

The sheriff's office says that it was determined that the vehicle Pickard was driving was stolen after running the car's license plates. 

Police also said Pickard has more than 20 open warrants and was previously charged with breaking and entering and attempted theft of a motor vehicle. 

On Wednesday, Pickard was taken into custody.

The Buncombe County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that Pickard is facing additional charges from deputies including assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and resisting, delaying and obstructing. 

They also say Pickard's bond is set at $450,000. 

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