Charges: Family attacked by convicted felons hired to mow lawn
TACOMA, Wash. -- A man and his 11-year-old children were attacked by three men hired to mow their lawn last Friday in Pierce County, according to charges filed with Pierce County Superior Court. The suspects have approximately 19 felony convictions between them.
According to the charging documents, the victim hired Gary Edwards, 24, Corey Jones, 30, and Clayton King, 30, to mow his lawn and take some items to the dump, but when he tried to pay them, they got into an argument.
The suspects punched the victim multiple times until he fell to the ground, where they repeatedly kick him, according to the charges.
The victim was able to get away and make it back inside his house, but the suspects reportedly kicked in the locked front door and continued the assault.
According to the charges, the victim's 11-year-old children tried to intervene, but one of the suspects punched the victim's daughter in the face and another pushed his son to the ground.
The suspects were finally scared off when the victim's son went to the kitchen to get a knife and the victim's girlfriend let their pit bulls into the house.
The attack was witnessed by multiple neighbors, according to the charges.
Pierce County Sheriff's Office deputies stopped the suspect's car 3 miles away from the victim's home.
According to the charges, Jones, who was driving the car, appeared highly intoxicated and had a suspended license. He also has four felony convictions, including for robbery and burglary; 11 misdemeanor convictions; and 13 prior warrants. He has been charged with burglary, DUI and driving with a suspended license in connection with the April 25 incident.
Edwards has five felony convictions, including for assault, raping a child and failing to register as a sex offender; as well as three prior warrants. He has been charged with burglary in connection with the April 25 incident.
King has 10 felony convictions, including for robbery and burglary; four misdemeanor convictions; and two prior warrants. He has been charged with burglary in connection with the April 25 incident.