Brothers charged with beating mom's boyfriend

April 27, 2009 

KNIGHTDALE — Police charged two brothers today with assaulting their mother's boyfriend with a baseball bat, a county magistrate said.

Dustin Lee Brown, 22, and Jeremy Len Brown, 19, both of Wendell, have been charged by police with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, according to arrest warrants filed this morning at the Wake County Magistrate's Office.

Paul Grant Pearce, 51, was transported to WakeMed after the assault for treatment of contusions and lumps on his head after the alleged attack, court records show.

A Wake magistrate said he was told by the Brown brothers that they were protecting their mother from Pearce who returned to their home this morning with a baseball bat after they asked him to leave.

Police have also obtained an arrest warrant charging Pearce with assault. He will be taken into custody after he is released from the hospital, the magistrate said.

The incident took place this morning at 6400 Robertson Pond Road in Wendell, court records show.

The Browns told police that they got into an argument with Pearce about their mother. The Browns told police that Pearce returned to their home, gripping a baseball bat. A scuffle took place. Pearce allegedly hit one of the brothers with the bat before they wrestled it away from him.

Police have accused the Browns of striking Pearce in the head with the bat, causing contusions and lumps that required medical treatment, court records show.

Police transported the Browns to the Wake County Jail. They are both being held in lieu of $25,000 bail each, court records show.

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