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Two New York City men charged following attempted home invasion


MASSENA - Two New York City men are being held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility following an attempted home invasion on Haskell Street Thursday morning.

Village police charged Devian J. Fletcher, 18, of 210 W. 146th St., Apt. 2J and Matthew C. Malu, 24, of 1841 Central Park Ave., Yonkers less than an hour after the alleged attempted invasion took place.

Both Fletcher and Malu were charged with second-degree burglary. Malu was also charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief for allegedly throwing a snow shovel through the kitchen window at 26 Haskell St. as they were leaving, after not gaining entry to the home.

According to court documents, the men were at the home looking to confront Andrew Courson, who resided there and was home at the time.

In his statement to police, Mr. Courson said he was smoking a cigarette at about 11:30 a.m. when the two men showed up on his doorstep.

“I was in my back room smoking a cigarette when I noticed two black males come to the door. I could identify one of them as ‘Capo’ or Matthew Malu,” he said. “He started to open the door, but couldn’t get in because it was locked. I ran to the living room and yelled to my brother, Cory Courson to get up. I also told Amanda Parmer, my girlfriend, what was going on.”

After that, Mr. Courson said he fled the scene, hoping to avoid confrontation with the two men.

“I then jumped out the window to get away from him, since he was known to carry a gun. When I noticed the police were there I walked back to the house,” he said.

After being told what was going on, Ms. Parmer told police, she ran to the door and told the two men to leave.

“When I told him to leave, he started to pound on the door and tried to open the door,” she said. “When I told him that my kid was in here and to leave that I was calling the police, they began to take off.”

As the pair were leaving, Ms. Parmer said she saw Malu pick up the shovel and throw it through the kitchen window.

“Soon after, police arrived,” she said.

Both Malu and Fletcher were arraigned by Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson, who sent them to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

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