3rd suspect in Saint John home invasion arrested
16-year-old charged with robbery, wearing a mask and forcible entry
The Saint John Police Force has arrested a third male suspect in connection with a home invasion earlier this month that resulted in a death.
A 16-year-old was arrested without incident in Moncton on Thursday with the assistance of the RCMP, Sgt. Jay Henderson stated in a news release.
A warrant had been issued for his arrest.
The youth, who cannot be named in accordance with the Youth Criminal Justice Act, was charged Friday in provincial court with wearing a mask while committing an indictable offence, robbery and forcible entry, Henderson said.
He will return to court at a later date.
A warrant remains outstanding for a fourth male, Bradley Saia, 21, in connection with the west side incident.
Police responded to 341 Prince St. West at about 4:30 a.m. on Nov. 3.
Officers found two stabbing victims, including an 18-year-old male, who was a suspect in a home invasion. The name of the teen, who subsequently died, has not been released.
Last Friday, CBC News reported that an inmate who was released by mistake from a Saint John jail is now facing charges in the home invasion.
The Department of Public Safety had issued a statement about an early release that has sparked a review of all case files and quality assurance processes in provincial correctional institutions.
Officials refused to divulge any information about the inmate, but CBC News learned that the man in question is Ronald McCutcheon, 20, who was arrested by Saint John police on Nov. 4 in connection with the home invasion.
McCutcheon has been charged with robbery in that case and has elected to be tried by judge and jury.
Brandon Saia, 21, has pleaded not guilty to stealing personal property, forcible entry and wearing a face mask with the intent to commit an indictable offence.
Christopher Reid, 21, who lived in the home and was the second stabbing victim, is also facing charges in the incident. He has elected to be tried by judge and jury on a charge of possession of a knife.
The Saint John Police Force’s Major Crime Unit is continuing to investigate.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the police at 648-3333 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.
- An earlier version of this story contained a different civic address, based on incorrect information provided by the Saint John Police Force.Sep 12, 2013 8:41 PM AT