Andre Lecuyer, 33, Kirby Spence, 18, appeared before judge Monday
CORNER BROOK Although not disclosing to what extent, police said the two men accused of bounding and robbing another man in Corner Brook Friday night were all known to each other.
Two Massey Drive men — Andre Lecuyer and Kirby Spence — were charged with multiple offences and accused of the robbery, live in the same housing complex, but separate dwellings.
The 53-year-old complainant lives on Humber Road. He is facing drug trafficking charges from last year.
“Police believe this was a targeted act, not random in nature,” RNC officer Const. Scott Mosher said Monday.
According to court information, Lecuyer and Spence were inside the home with their faces masked and carrying machetes and bear spray. Police say they bound the man’s hands and feet with plastic cable ties when he arrived from work at about 9:30 p.m., and left with $300 in cash, a black canvas bag and various electronics.
Despite his restraints, the victim was able to contact police via telephone, and responding officers freed him. He was taken to hospital for injuries suffered while trying to free himself and later released.
Lecuyer, 33, was arrested overnight Friday. He was charged with break and enter, forcible confinement, robbery with violence, and disguise with intent.
Spence, 19, was arrested later Saturday and charged with robbery with violence, disguise with intent, break and enter, possession of property obtained through crime, and breach of a court order.
The officer said the responding officers found evidence that led them to obtain, and execute, search warrants of the two households and a vehicle believed to have been used in the offence. He said video surveillance from a nearby business revealed there were two suspects and identified a vehicle type.
“We certainly believe the two individuals that appeared in court (Monday) are the individuals who were in the residence at the time the homeowner returned,” Mosher said. “We certainly haven’t ruled out the possibility that there are other people involved.”
In provincial court in Corner Brook Monday, Lecuyer, not a native Newfoundlander, was released from custody to appear before court again March 18.
Lecuyer must report to the Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to sign the registration book every Monday. He is not allowed outside his Massey Drive residence from 11 p.m.-6 a.m. daily, to possess a knife or be inside a dwelling where prohibited weapons are. He is also not permitted to have contact with Spence, a female named in court or the victim of the alleged robbery.
Spence, a Newfoundland native, is scheduled to have a bail hearing in Corner Brook this afternoon.
Crown attorney Alana Dwyer did not consent to the release of Spence, who has a number of outstanding matters before the court. Duty counsel lawyer Lynn Cole represented both accused as they appeared before Judge Wayne Gorman Monday.
The investigation is ongoing and anybody with any information that could assist is encouraged to contact police.