Three young men are facing charges for assaulting a 59-year-old man in Atlantic in Carteret County possibly in retaliation for an attack on one of the suspect's mothers.
The Carteret County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Mark Lester, 16-year-old Caleb Mendoza, and 20-year-old Raymond Winchester are charged in the case.
Deputies say Winchester drove the other two to the home of 59-year-old Charles Morgan in Atlantic Friday night, and Lester and Mendoza forced their way into Morgan's home and beat him up with their hands, the butt of a rifle, and a vase.
One of the suspects reportedly told the other two Morgan assaulted his mother earlier in the day.
Morgan is out of the hospital.
Mendoza and Lester are facing assault and burglary charges, while Lester is accused of larceny and aiding and abetting. Their bonds were set at $30,000.
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