Nfld. & Labrador

Accused, target in Springdale Street home invasion connected to HMP riots

Police in St. John's says they've laid charges against three men after they attempted to rob someone of drugs and cash in the downtown area.
Adam Hayden, 27, is led into the holding cell at St. John's provincial court Thursday. (CBC )

Three men were officially charged in St. John's provincial court Thursday for an alleged home invasion on Springdale Street where drugs and money were demanded.

Adam Hayden, 27, Ronald Johnson, 24, and John Roberts, 20, face charges of break and enter and attempted robbery.

Roberts and Johnson face additional charges of having faces masked during the incident and breaches of court orders.

CBC News has learned one of the alleged targets of the break-in was Jody Clarke, who is currently implicated in two separate riots at Her Majesty's Penitentiary.

Police allege three men targeted 74 Springdale Street shortly after midnight on Thursday and demanded cash and drugs from two people inside. (CBC)

Clarke, 39, is headed to trial on charges of unlawfully participating in a riot and mischief causing damage over $5,000 in relation to a riot on June 3, 2014.

Inmates caused more than $100,000 in damage, when they flooded the floor, ripped down parts of the ceiling, destroyed light fixtures and gyproc, and tore off eight cell doors.

Clarke, who was released from HMP in December, is also accused in the Feb. 2013 chapel attack.

Coincidentally, Adam Hayden, accused of attempting to rob Clarke and his girlfriend, was sentenced last year to ten months for his involvement in a separate riot, but was released with time served.

Hayden and other inmates took control of a cell inside the jail in August 2013, and took an inmate hostage in exchange for cigarettes. 

Men arrested in nearby vehicle

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary were called to a break-in at a home on Springdale Street around 12:30 a.m. Thursday. 

The men allegedly forced their way inside the house and demanded money and drugs from Clarke and his girlfriend.

Police later found their vehicle in the area and brought the men in for questioning.

According to the RNC, the men left empty-handed.

Johnson and Roberts will appear in court Friday for a bail hearing.

Hayden is expected back in court in two weeks. 

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