Ston­ing­ton po­lice make ar­rest in rob­bery, home in­va­sion

The Day - - REGION - By JOE WOJTAS Day Staff Writer

Ston­ing­ton — Po­lice ar­rested a West­erly man Wed­nes­day in con­nec­tion with a home in­va­sion last week, say­ing he pointed a hand­gun to a wo­man’s head and robbed her of $626 just mo­ments af­ter his friend sold her the mar­i­juana she said she needs to al­le­vi­ate her mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis symp­toms.

Jamie L. Corr, 19, of 42 Bat­ter­son Ave., Apt. 1 was charged with home in­va­sion, first-de­gree rob­bery and sec­ond-de­gree lar­ceny in con­nec­tion with the Oct. 5 in­ci­dent in an apart­ment on Whewell Court.

Ac­cord­ing to the war­rant for his ar­rest, which po­lice served when they saw Corr in down­town Paw­catuck Tues­day, he ad­mit­ted to rob­bing the wo­man wear­ing a black ski mask and us­ing a hand­gun that fires pel­lets,

both of which po­lice re­cov­ered from his apart­ment.

Corr is be­ing held on $200,000 bond af­ter be­ing ar­raigned in New Lon­don Su­pe­rior Court on Tues­day and was or­dered to have no con­tact with the wo­man he al­legedly robbed. He faces up to 55 years in prison if con­victed on all counts.

Over the past two years, Corr has had mul­ti­ple pend­ing cases and con­vic­tions in Rhode Is­land for break­ing and en­ter­ing, lar­ceny, theft from a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, drug pos­ses­sion and pos­ses­sion of stolen goods. Ston­ing­ton po­lice charged him with third-de­gree as­sault and breach of peace ear­lier this year but the dis­po­si­tion of that case has been sealed.

Ac­cord­ing to the war­rant writ­ten by De­tec­tive Greg Howard, po­lice re­ceived a 911 call from the wo­man just past 4:30 p.m, say­ing she had been the vic­tim of a home in­va­sion.

When po­lice ar­rived, she told them a man wear­ing a black and red mask with the eyes cut out en­tered her un­locked apart­ment. She said the man held a gun to her head and or­dered her to hand over her cash. She said she re­peat­edly asked the man “who are you” but he kept telling her to hand over the money. The man then grabbed the money and ran. The wo­man was not in­jured.

A man who lived in the apart­ment next door said he heard the wo­man re­peat­edly yelling at the man “who are you?” and went out­side to see what was hap­pen­ing. He told po­lice he saw some­one wear­ing a dark blue hooded sweat­shirt run­ning down the stairs and get­ting into a gray Chevy Sil­ver­ado Z71 pickup. A land­scaper work­ing on the prop­erty also was able to de­scribe the truck and saw a man and wo­man in­side it.

As po­lice in­ves­ti­gated they no­ticed a “heavy odor of mar­i­juana” in the wo­man’s apart­ment and what ap­peared to be burnt ends of mar­i­juana cig­a­rettes in an ash­tray. The wo­man told po­lice she suf­fers from mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis and that us­ing mar­i­juana helps sup­press nau­sea and other side ef­fects from the med­i­ca­tion she takes. She told po­lice she is au­tho­rized to use medic­i­nal mar­i­juana.

Re­view­ing a Face­book mes­sage sent to the vic­tim, po­lice dis­cov­ered that the wo­man who sold the al­leged vic­tim the mar­i­juana also told her she was robbed while sit­ting in the truck out­side the apart­ment. When the vic­tim al­lowed po­lice to look at her text mes­sages from the wo­man, po­lice no­ticed one that ref­er­enced a pos­si­ble mar­i­juana sale. It was at this point that the vic­tim ad­mit­ted to po­lice that she had pur­chased mar­i­juana from the wo­man in the truck just be­fore be­ing robbed.

Po­lice were fa­mil­iar with the wo­man who sold the mar­i­juana and her mother and found the mother owned a gray Chevy Sil­ver­ado.

Footage from po­lice sur­veil­lance cam­eras spot­ted the truck along Route 1 with a wo­man driv­ing and an­other man in the pas­sen­ger seat who po­lice were fa­mil­iar with.

The next day po­lice lo­cated the truck in West­erly. The wo­man then ad­mit­ted she was in the truck but was not in­volved in the rob­bery and her only in­tent was to de­liver mar­i­juana to the vic­tim. She told po­lice that Corr, who was also in the truck, told her he wanted to rob the wo­man but she told him not to. When she came out of the apart­ment, she said Corr ran into the apart­ment and robbed the wo­man. The other man was yelling at her to get in the back seat and then Corr came out and they left. Mo­ments later sur­veil­lance footage showed the three stopped at the Henny Penny con­ve­nience store on Lib­erty Street. Footage shows Corr car­ry­ing the wo­man pig­gy­back style “as she ap­pears to be talk­ing closely in his ear or kiss­ing him on the cheek,” ac­cord­ing to the war­rant.

West­erly Po­lice then ob­tained a war­rant to search Corr’s fa­ther’s home, where he some­times stays. When they got to the house, po­lice say Corr ad­mit­ted to his role in the rob­bery and showed po­lice the hand­gun he used and the neck warmer he wore as a mask. Po­lice said the replica Beretta M9, which Corr pointed at the wo­man, looked au­then­tic.

He told po­lice that he de­cided to rob the wo­man on his own, and the man and wo­man in the truck had no idea of his plan. He said he was a re­cently re­lapsed heroin addict and needed money to buy the drug so he would not get sick. He knew the vic­tim had bought mar­i­juana in the past and he be­lieved she had cash and drugs such as Xanax in her apart­ment.

He said that when he en­tered the apart­ment he pointed the gun at the wo­man and said “I’m not play­ing, give me the money.”

The other man told po­lice Corr never got out of the truck but ad­mit­ted he was driv­ing it. The war­rant states that it is ev­i­dent the man and wo­man aided Corr in leav­ing the scene and at­tempt­ing to cover up the crime. The wo­man and other man have not been charged in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent.

Po­lice Capt. Todd Ol­son said that “Ston­ing­ton and West­erly Po­lice work­ing in con­cert was crit­i­cal to the suc­cess­ful out­come of this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

He added that the ef­forts of the of­fi­cers “led to a speedy res­o­lu­tion of a very se­ri­ous crime.”

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