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Deputies: Man uses bat to strike break-in suspect


Staff Writer

A man used a baseball to strike one of three individuals attempting to break into his residence, he told deputies.

The homeowner contacted officers Friday about three people trying to access his home by way of his locked front door, a Sheriff’s Office report said.

The alleged incident took place at 149 Springs East Road in Lincolnton.

The resident hit one of the suspects with a bat, forcing the trio to flee the property, the man told officers.

According to the report, the injured suspect, James Daniel Boyd, later admitted himself at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln for treatment for his injuries.

The 28-year-old, who lives at 738 Hatchett Road in Lincolnton, told hospital officials he had been assaulted, deputies said.

Boyd, who has since posted a $10,000 secured bond, has been charged with one count each of breaking and entering-preparing to commit burglary or housebreakings, communicating threats and injury to personal property.

He was recently released from prison in April for similar offenses in Lincoln County, according to the state’s Department of Correction website.

Felony convictions on his record include possessing stolen goods, obtaining property by false pretenses, larceny and breaking and entering — offenses dating back to 2003.

Boyd was additionally found guilty of indecent liberties with a child in Catawba County in 2003 and later jailed for failure to notify local law enforcement of his change of address as a sex offender, NC DOC records showed.

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