Police hunt home invasion suspect
RCMP have not identified suspect; asking public to remain vigilant
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.
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.