Home in­va­sion vic­tim back in house

Both sus­pects in cus­tody fol­low­ing ar­rest in Bay Roberts

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Determined to stay in her own house, the el­derly Bay Roberts woman in­volved in a Mother’s Day home in­va­sion re­turned to her res­i­dence late last week, ac­cord­ing to fam­ily mem­bers.

It was less than a week af­ter a pair of men en­tered her home in the early morn­ing hours of May 9 re­quest­ing trans­porta­tion to the near­est bank. They al­ready had her bank card and car keys.

In de­fi­ance, the woman, who is in her mid-eight­ies, re­fused their re­quest and did not leave her bed. One of the men was bran­dish­ing a knife.

The pair emp­tied what they could into a suit­case and left the premises. Af­ter they left, the woman called the po­lice. Mem- bers of the Trinity Con­cep­tion RCMP ar­rived at the woman’s home not long af­ter she di­aled

the emer­gency num­ber.

A po­lice dog was used in the search that re­sulted in the ar­rest of two men — Evan Fry, 21, and Joshua Bur­ton, 22 — less than 12 hours af­ter her home was en­tered.

Ear­lier in the evening a car was stolen from a dif­fer­ent res­i­dence in the com­mu­nity.

The woman de­clined an in­ter­view re­quest from The Compass. She stayed with fam­ily in the area for a few nights prior to re­turn­ing home.

Sent for as­sess­ment

The ac­cused made a few court ap­pear­ances last week. Dur­ing two of those ap­pear­ances, they seemed at ease as they waited for their turn to face a judge.

Wear­ing dark jump­suits, they cracked the oc­ca­sional smile prior to tak­ing their seat at the cen­tre of the pro­vin­cial court­house in Har­bour Grace.

Bur­ton faced sev­eral charges in­clud­ing rob­bery, break­ing and en­ter­ing, theft, fail­ure to com­ply with an un­der­tak­ing, car­ry­ing a con­cealed weapon and pos­ses­sion of a weapon for a danger­ous pur­pose. He has since been sent for a psy­chi­atric as­sess­ment by Judge Jacqueline Brazil and will re­turn to court on May 19 for a pos­si­ble bail hear­ing.

Mean­while, Fry is also fac­ing mul­ti­ple charges. They in­clude two counts of break and en­ter and fail­ure to com­ply with an un­der­tak­ing, along with sin­gle-counts of theft, rob­bery, mis­chief by dam­ag­ing prop­erty and pos­ses­sion of prop­erty ob­tained by crime.

A bail hear­ing was on the court docket last week, but Fry chose to re­main in cus­tody. Fry’s next court ap­pear­ance is sched­uled for May 20.

PHOTO BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER/THE COMPASS

Trinity Con­cep­tion RCMP lead Evan Fry (left) and Joshua Bur­ton into pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on May 12. The pair are sus­pects in a Bay Roberts home in­va­sion on Mother’s Day.

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