Po­lice hunt home invasion sus­pect

RCMP have not iden­ti­fied sus­pect; ask­ing pub­lic to re­main vig­i­lant

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

RCMP con­tin­ued their hunt for a sus­pected home in­vader late into last week fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on Crowdy Street in Car­bon­ear. A male sus­pect is al­leged to en­tered the home un­in­vited, and had a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion with one of two fe­male oc­cu­pants in the home. Po­lice de­ployed a wide ar­ray of re­sources in their search for the sus­pect, and were ask­ing for pub­lic as­sis­tance.

Po­lice say an un­usual and dis­turb­ing home invasion in Car­bon­ear last week was likely a ran­dom in­ci­dent.

Up to late last week, po­lice had not made any ar­rests in the Nov. 25 in­ci­dent on Crowdy Street, in which an adult male en­tered a two-storey home un­in­vited and con­fronted one of the two fe­male oc­cu­pants. The man quickly left the house af­ter the woman re­sisted.

RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks said on Fri­day there is noth­ing to sug­gest the mat­ter is drug re­lated, or the vic­tims knew the sus­pect.

A home invasion is not some­thing com­mon to the Con­cep­tion Bay North re­gion.

“Cer­tainly not one with a ran­dom flavour as this,” said Hicks. “From time to time, we’ll have in­ci­dents where peo­ple are well-known to each other, but we wouldn’t clas­sify them as home in­va­sions.”

He said calls of re­ported home in­va­sions are not com­mon­place, and could be clas­si­fied as ab­nor­mal and un­fa­mil­iar to res­i­dents.

“A lot of times you’ ll get a dis­patch like that and it can be a mis­un­der­stand­ing,” said Hicks.

The in­ci­dent took place just prior to 8 p.m. Hicks de­scribed the con­tact be­tween the sus­pect and the vic­tim as “more of a push and a shove.”

The woman was not in­jured in the at­tack and noth­ing was taken from the home.

Look­ing for ev­i­dence

Po­lice were called to the home just af­ter 8 p. m. and quickly set about search­ing for the sus­pect. There was a heavy po­lice pres­ence — in­clud­ing a po­lice ser­vice dog — on the street well into the morn­ing hours of Nov. 26.

Later that same day, the foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion ser­vice and a po­lice ser­vice dog were again in the area look­ing for new ev­i­dence. A search was con­ducted in the late af­ter­noon in a small wooded area some 50 feet from the vic­itms home.

There pres­ence of the po­lice dog did not go un­no­ticed by nearby res­i­dents. A nearby dog was rest­less as the all- black Ger­man shep­herd po­lice dog scoured a snow-cov­ered lawn across the street.

Al­though no sus­pects have been iden­ti­fied, the RCMP have been reg­u­larly do­ing street can­vases and speak­ing with wit­nesses.

One res­i­dent said he still feels safe in the area.

“This might not hap­pen again for 10 years,” he said.

While the po­lice are still in the midst of iden­ti­fy­ing a sus­pect, there are a “num­ber of leads” be­ing vet­ted along with any foren­sic ev­i­dence gath­ered in the area.

“Ev­ery piece of in­for­ma­tion is be­ing fol­lowed up on,” said Hicks.

While the RCMP are still go­ing about the day-to-day op­er­a­tions that come with a po­lice de­tach­ment, the case re­mains a “top pri­or­ity,” added Hicks.

“We don’t want it to go stale,” he said.

Mean­while, po­lice re­mind res­i­dents to take the nec­es­sary pre­cau­tions in the evenings around their homes.

“We’re ask­ing peo­ple to re­main vig­i­lant,” said Hicks.

Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Mem­bers of the RCMP Foren­sic In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice and a po­lice ser­vice dog search an area of Crowdy Street in Car­bon­ear on Nov. 26 for ev­i­dence re­lat­ing to a home invasion on the street on Nov. 25.

A mem­ber of the RCMP Foren­sic In­ves­ti­ga­tion Ser­vice photographs a piece of ev­i­dence dur­ing a search of Crowdy Street on Nov. 26.

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