ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - Two brothers and one more suspect have been charged with breaking into a vacant house and assaulting the homeowner in eastern Rowan County.
Keith Allan Rattz, 26, Jason Rattz, 21, were charged on Sunday. Lathan Sisk, 25, was also charged.
Keith Rattz was charged with robbery with a firearm or dangerous weapon, simple assault, and breaking and entering. Bond is set at $40,000.
Jason Rattz is charged with breaking and entering and on outstanding warrants for assault on a female. Bond is set at $12,000.
Sisk was charged with simple assault and breaking and entering. Bond was set at $30,000.
According to Rowan Sheriff’s Captain John Sifford, the incident happened at around 11:25 am on Wednesday at a vacant house in the 12000 block of Highway 52 in the Gold Hill community.
The man, who lives nearby, had walked over to the vacant house to get something for his wife when he found two men inside.
“I went in and I shouldn’t have, not knowing how many was in there, whether they had a gun," John Trexler said.
Trexler saw one of the intruders run from the hall into a bedroom, and later saw a second intruder climbing down from a hole in the ceiling.
The victim grabbed one of the men, but while they were struggling, the victim was hit in the back of the head with an unknown object. The victim used a hammer to strike one of the men in the ribs.
“I caught him and pushed in the door, that one started hitting me all up and down the right side in the head," Trexler said. “He was hitting me in the back with the hatchet, the blunt end of the hatchet. When he hit me in the head I decided to pop that guy in the ribs with a hammer.”
According to the report, the men, now identified as Sisk and the Rattz brothers, were able to run away from the house, going towards a nearby field.
The victim called 911, deputies responded quickly and were at the house within minutes, according to Captain Sifford.
Several Rowan Sheriff’s K-9′s were used. Master deputy Kevin Holshouser’s dog “Echo,” found a glove and a knife not far from the scene.