Four arrested after attempted CSL home invasion
Joel Goldenberg, The Suburban
July 11, 2012
Early last week, there were media reports of a lengthy police operation that took place on Centennial Avenue in Côte St. Luc on July 1 and 2. But most of the facts related to the operation were not made available to the media just after the operation ended. However, Station 9 commander Sylvain Bissonnette told The Suburban Friday that there were a total of four arrests made after a resident was attacked by several individuals and what turned out to be a home invasion was attempted.
Bissonnette explained that the victim owed some money, and the individual who wanted the money returned had been harassing the victim for several weeks.
“That didn’t work, so one of the suspects decided to recruit other people to help him get his money,” the commander explained. “They went to the victim’s house on Centennial. The victim saw the men coming and understood the situation – he was outside smoking.” A fight then ensued. The victim was beaten and bruised, but not enough to require hospital treatment. The victim fled, and the suspects went into the victim’s home to steal some goods.
“The victim lives near the CP yards,” Bissonnette added. “It was early in the morning, and the victim was still in his pajamas. He went over the fence and into the yard, and was arrested by two CP police officers, who found it odd to see a guy – so late at night – with almost no clothing. The victim explained what happened to him and that he lives close to the yard.” The CP officers then passed on the information to Station 9, which dispatched a car.
“The officers discovered there was a break and entry, and at the same time, the CP police brought the victim over.” Police arrested three suspects right away and the items they stole were recovered. They were charged with restraint of a person, aggravated theft and armed aggression.
“We understood, after the fact, that they were planning to do a home invasion, which turned sour.” Bissonnette said that later, a fourth suspect was arrested after he turned up at an investigation centre, and told his story to police. “So we had four suspects in this case.”