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Mugshot of defendant Nicholas Lathem Pierson provided by Coos County Sheriffs office. 

Nicholas A. Johnson

CHARLESTON — A Charleston man faces assault charges in the alleged August beating of his brother, also from Charleston. 

According to court documents, on Aug. 11, Andrew Pierson was allegedly beaten by his brother for the second time in the past year.

The suspect, Nicholas Lathem Pierson is accused of assault in the second and fourth degree, unlawful use of a weapon, theft in the second degree, recklessly endangering another person, domestic violence, and possession of methamphetamine.

According to Andrew Pierson’s statement, he confronted his brother about his drug use. His brother responded to this by striking Andrew Pierson in the face and tried to put him into a headlock, the documents stated. When he broke free from his brother, he reportedly threw him against a wall and hit him with a golf club.  After wrestling the club away from his brother, Andrew Pierson said his brother picked up a soda can threw it at him, then ran off.

Nicholas Pierson is also accused of stealing his brother’s cell phone, laptop, wallet, hoodie, and cordless landline phone.

Nicholas Pierson told police that his brother was the aggressor. The defendant also claims his brother was high on Klonopin, which is a prescription drug used to treat seizures and anxiety.

When police found Nicolas Pierson, he was in possession of meth, and a cordless landline phone.

Nicholas Pierson has a criminal record, including a previous assault conviction from last year also involving his brother.

Twenty-six-year-old Nicholas Pierson’s trial is scheduled to be heard on Oct. 12. 

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