Two men charged with breaking into a Matinicus man’s home and beating and threatening him for an hour will not be able to return to the island until their criminal cases are concluded.

Judge Joseph Field included the prohibition on returning to Matinicus as one of the bail conditions for Jason R. Luce, 38, of Matinicus and Joshua Anthony, 29, of Vinalhaven. The two men are charged with burglary, theft, criminal threatening, assault and terrorizing.

Luce and Anthony made their initial appearance in 6th District Court on May 5.

Field set bail for Luce at $2,000 cash while Anthony’s bail was set at $10,000 cash. Anthony was on probation and his probation officer placed a probation hold on him, meaning the suspect cannot be released even if he raises the bail.

Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Jones asked that the pair – both sternmen on Matinicus – not be allowed to return to Matinicus where the victim also lives and works as a sternman. She said the charges were serious.

Field agreed in issuing the bail condition.

“Clearly these folks should not be on the same island,” Field said.

Attorney Jeremy Pratt, who was the attorney for the day in court, argued that simply prohibiting contact between the parties would be a sufficient condition. He also said it was the responsibility of the sheriff’s office to maintain law enforcement on Matinicus.

“Law enforcement has an obligation to make sure that restrictions are enforced,” Pratt said. “The fact that they don’t want to spend the money to┬áput an officer on the island is irrelevant.”

Matinicus, with a year-round population of about 50 people, is located 20 miles from Rockland.

Field also ordered that Luce and Anthony not possess liquor, drugs or weapons. They both also will have a curfew in which they cannot leave their residences between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.

An affidavit filed in court by Knox County Detective Dwight Burtis states that the victim in the assault said he was home cooking in his kitchen at 10 p.m. May 1 when the two men entered his home uninvited. The victim said before he could fully turn around to see the men, Anthony punched him in the face. The victim said he fell and that the two men took turns holding him while the other punched and kicked him.

Anthony then picked him up and brought him to a kitchen table and put his hands on the table while Luce threatened to break his hands and fingers with a piece of firewood, according to the affidavit.

The victim said he tried to stop the flow of blood from his head and face wounds while both men took turns getting in his face and yelling at him.

Luce then went upstairs and came down with a .357 caliber handgun. The victim said Luce waved the gun around and pistol whipped him.

Luce also kicked him a few more times as Anthony asked Luce to stop, according to the affidavit.

The victim said he noticed his shotgun was missing after the pair left.

He said he delayed telling police because the pair threatened to harm his parents and girlfriend. The pair also allegedly told the victim to tell people that he received his injuries from falling down the stairs.

The victim said the incident occurred two weeks after he had words with Anthony over two friends setting gear off Matinicus.