Morn­ingstar ap­pre­hended af­ter week-long search

The Compass - - NEWS - BY MELISSA JENK­INS melissa.jenk­ins@tc.tc

The search for a man sus­pected of com­mit­ting an armed rob­bery in Shearstown, Con­cep­tion Bay ended when he was ar­rested Tues­day evening, May 6.

Barry Austin Morn­ingstar ap­peared in Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court May 7, af­ter a week­long man­hunt, to face a litany of charges, in­clud­ing pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a dan­ger­ous pur­pose, point­ing a firearm and rob­bery with a firearm.

The 21-year-old was ap­pre­hended in St. John’s, af­ter a war­rant was is­sued for his ar­rest on April 29. Few de­tails have been re­leased on the in­ci­dent.

The RCMP, RNC and the Com­bined Forces Spe­cial En­force­ment Unit have been, and con­tinue to, in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent.

Staff Sgt. Bud Ben­nett told The Com­pass in­for­ma­tion ob­tained in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion led to 47 Fresh­wa­ter Road, where Morn­ingstar has been known to re­side. A war­rant was then is­sued to en­ter the home.

The RNC en­tered the house and ap­pre­hended Morn­ing­side, who was turned over to the RCMP and trans­ported to the de­tach­ment in Har­bour Grace.

Morn­ingstar, orig­i­nally from Ni­a­gara Falls, On­tario, sat calmly in court this morn­ing with hands and feet shack­led un­til his ap­pear­ance just be­fore noon.

His iden­ti­fy­ing tat­too, the word “morn­ing” across his fore­arm and a five-point star on his el­bow, was vis­i­ble as he sat with his hands folded in his lap.

De­fense lawyer Jeff Slade rep­re­sented Morn­ingstar in court.

Judge Colin Flynn, a court judge from St. John’s, ap­peared by video­con­fer­ence in Har­bour Grace Provin­cial Court.

Morn­ingstar at­tended a bail hear­ing on Fri­day, May 9 at Har­bour Grace provin­cial court.

For the out­come of the bail hear­ing, see The Com­pass web­site at www.cb­n­com­pass.ca.

Photo by Melissa Jenk­ins/The Com­pass

Barry Austin Mornin­star sat calmly in Har­bour Grace provin­cial court May 7.

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