Po­lice con­tin­u­ing hunt for ac­cused in Shearstown rob­bery

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Po­lice were con­tin­u­ing a man­hunt Fri­day for a St. John’s man in con­nec­tion with what is be­ing de­scribed as a “se­ri­ous in­ci­dent” in Shearstown on April 22.

Barry Austin Morn­ingstar, 21, is al­leged to have com­mit­ted an armed rob­bery at a pri­vate res­i­dence, and faces eight charges in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have been re­luc­tant to pro­vide spe­cific de­tails, but a “small amount of cash” was taken dur­ing the rob­bery.

Of­fi­cers would not say whether there were in­juries, but a heavy po­lice pres­ence was ob­served in the Con­cep­tion Bay North com­mu­nity.

The war­rant autho­riz­ing the ar­rest of Morn­ingstar list eight charges. They in­clude the fol­low­ing: as­sault with weapon, two counts of pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, two charges of point­ing a firearm, rob­bery with a firearm, unau­tho­rized pos­ses­sion of a firearm, and us­ing a firearm in the com­mis­sion of an in­dictable of­fence.

RCMP Sgt. Greg Hicks de­clined to say what type firearm was in­volved.

Of­fi­cers with both the RCMP and the RNC are search­ing for Morn­ingstar.

When asked why the ac­cused has not yet been taken into cus­tody, Hicks replied: “He does not want to be found.”

Hicks said the search is a “very high pri­or­ity,” and cau­tioned that law en­force­ment is es­pe­cially con­cerned when firearms are used in the com­mis­sion of an of­fence.

Po­lice be­lieve Morn­ingstar is in the St. John’s area, and de­scribe him as about five-feet, 10 inches tall, with a thin build, brown hair and brown eyes. He has a tat­too on his left fore­arm with the word “Morn­ing” and a star near the el­bow.

Hicks con­firmed he is “Abo­rig­i­nal in ap­pear­ance.”

Morn­ingstar has also been known to use the fol­low­ing aliases: Larr, Larr Pitts and Mark Fowlow.

The RCMP is seek­ing the pub­lic’s help in lo­cat­ing Morn­ingstar. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion RCMP at 709596-5014 or call Crime Stop­pers at 1800-222-8477.

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