Father, 16-year-old son charged with assault that sent man to hospital


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say a father and son were arrested this morning and charged with assaulting a man and sending him to the hospital earlier this month.

According to a news release, US Marshals took custody of Leonard Cleon Pocknett Jr., 43, and his 16-year-old son Leonard Cleon Pocknett III. Police believe the Pocknetts assaulted a 58-year-old man in the 200 block of Myrtle Ave. shortly before midnight on May 10.

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Police say the EMS took the man to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Leonard Cleon Pocknett III (Photo: New Hanover Co. Jail)

Police say father and son are charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill inflicting serious injury. Jail records show Pocknett Jr. is in the New Hanover County Jail under $2 million bond.

His criminal record includes convictions for assault on a female and injury to real property, according to the NC Department of Public Safety website.

Pocknett III is in custody under a $1.5 million bond, according to jail staff.

Police say their investigation continues.