A Hickory man faces charges in connection with a violent, home-invasion-style assault and robbery.
Lucas Bryan Coulbourn, 22, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree burglary and two counts of felony safecracking. A magistrate ordered Coulbourn held without bond.
Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell said the case began when a man drove to a convenience store on Wilkesboro Highway early Thursday morning. Witnesses saw that the man had serious injuries to his head and face.
Iredell EMS and deputies went to the scene. Deputies learned the assault occurred at the man’s residence on Calico Lane, according to a news release from the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office.
The man told deputies he awakened Thursday morning upon hearing someone in his room.
Campbell said the man relayed the following information to deputies:
He saw a masked man standing in the doorway of the bedroom. The man demanded money and guns. When the victim did not comply, the man sprayed him with Mace and threatened to shoot him. He then demanded the keys to the victim’s safe, and the victim complied.
While the suspect was bent over trying to get in the safe, the victim tried to escape. The suspect began hitting him in the face and head. He then forced the victim to leave and, using the victim’s truck, they went to several ATMs in the Statesville area in an attempt to withdraw money.
The suspect got out of the truck at a store on Wilkesboro Highway and threatened the victim that he’d be back the next day for the money and weapons. The victim then drove to the convenience store.
He was treated at a local hospital and taken to Wake Baptist Health for further treatment due to the head injuries, Campbell said.
During the course of the investigation, the victim provided details about the suspect. Evidence found at the crime scene, along with other evidence collected, led detectives to identify Coulbourn as the suspect. He is known to the victim’s family and had been at the home numerous times, Campbell said in a news release.
Detectives obtained warrants and found Coulbourn at his home in Hickory, and he was taken into custody without incident.
Campbell said detectives were aggressive in handling the case.
“Due to the extremely violent nature of this incident, detectives worked this case aggressively, executing search warrants and traveling to other counties to locate and arrest this suspect. I am proud of their hard work to be able to arrest this suspect,” he said.
Coulbourn’s criminal history includes shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license, reckless driving and driving while license is revoked.