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Father and son charged in home invasion

Granados (left) and Martinez.

Staff report

A father and son have been arrested in connection with a northern Lincoln County home invasion.

The victim, who lives in the 4400 block of Herter Road in Lincolnton, told Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputies that two Hispanic men broke into his home around 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday while he was asleep and assaulted him.

The victim told officers that the suspects were his neighbors on Herter Road and one was armed with a stick and the other was armed with a knife. The victim was assaulted with the stick and threatened with the knife before the suspects left the residence, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office. The victim told officers that the men picked up approximately $100 from the kitchen table as they left.

Esteban Aguirre Martinez, 43, and Joshua Steven Granados, 18, both of 4479 Herter Road, were charged with one felony count each of first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering and misdemeanor aggravated assault. Martinez was issued a $35,000 secured bond. Granados received a $30,000 secured bond.

Martinez has prior Lincoln County convictions for operating a vehicle without a license and giving fictitious information to an officer in 2010 and driving while license revoked in 2016. He is currently on probation, according to North Carolina Department of Public Safety records.

Image courtesy of LCSO

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