NASCAR driver Mike Wallace posted these pictures on Facebook of his bloodied face and of his daughter in a hospital bed after he said they were attacked Friday night in the parking lot of PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. Facebook
NASCAR driver Mike Wallace posted these pictures on Facebook of his bloodied face and of his daughter in a hospital bed after he said they were attacked Friday night in the parking lot of PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. Facebook

Crime

NASCAR driver's alleged assault leads to landscaping firm's ousting

June 22, 2016 02:05 PM

UPDATED June 23, 2016 12:26 PM

PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte has ended its service contract with a landscaping company whose owner’s son was charged in connection with the assault of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and his daughter.

Wallace, his daughter and a third victim were assaulted in the pavilion’s parking lot after a Rascal Flatts concert.

“We were saddened by the regrettable events that took place on Friday, June 17,” PNC Music Pavilion said in a statement. “Upon learning that the offensive actions were taken by patrons who also happened to be employed by Lucas Landscaping, one of our service providers, we took swift and immediate action to terminate services provided by Lucas Landscaping at PNC Music Pavilion.”

A lawyer for Lucas Lawn and Landscaping said only one of the three men charged in the case works for the Indian Trail-based company: Paul Lucas, 29, son of the company’s president, Paul Douglas Lucas Jr.

Never miss a local story.

Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police charged Paul Lucas, the son, with assault on a female. Police charged Randolph Mangum, 24, of Monroe and Nathan Lucas, 22, of Indian Trail with simple assault. Attempts by the Observer to reach the three men were unsuccessful Wednesday.

The two Lucases charged in the case are related, public records show, but it’s unclear how. Lawyer Kenneth Swain, whose office issued a news release in behalf of the company this week, declined to say how the pair are related.

Wallace posted on Facebook that he was beaten unconscious. He posted a photo online of his bloodied face and a picture of his daughter in a hospital bed.

Wallace said the assailants’ white truck had the name “Lucas Landscaping” on its doors.

A police report said the victims were kicked and punched several times in the head, face and stomach by the suspects after a “verbal altercation.”

A third victim, Thomas Van Wingerden, 34, also suffered minor injuries, police said.

Wallace and his daughter appeared on the Fox & Friends national FOX-TV Wednesday morning news show to tell their story.

Staff researcher Maria David contributed.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak