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Home invasion in Massena leads to four arrests; quartet jailed on $50K bail


MASSENA - A man whose release under the supervision of the probation department last week in St. Lawrence County Court sparked an outcry from community leaders was jailed late Thursday night after he was charged with taking part in a home invasion at 27 1/2 Spruce St. earlier in the day.

Village police charged Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, of 16 Haskell St., with a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing following an investigation into an incident that took place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the residence of Albert Brossoit and Felicity Caskinette. Mr. Lloyd allegedly drove another man to the residence and the passenger allegedly pointed a handgun at Ms. Caskinette.

Mr. Lloyd was arraigned by village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton. Bail was set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. The court also signed an order of protection directing Mr. Lloyd to have no contact with Mr. Brossoit or Ms. Caskinette.

Mr. Crandall noted Mr. Lloyd had failed to appear in court as directed in six different occasions and said he had several charges pending in other courts, including high level felony cases in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. He said Mr. Lloyd’s arrest on the menacing count violated his release conditions on those felony charges.

Witnesses told police Mr. Lloyd, whose nickname is Problem, followed Ms. Caskinette as she drove to her residence.

“I looked out and saw a black Charger, the one Problem drives, and then I saw this black guy ... pull a black and silver handgun out and point it at Felicity. Then they took off,” Mr. Brossoit said in a police statement.

He said the passenger in the car returned approximately a half hour later with a female and walked inside his residence without permission.

“I had a knife in my hand, and he told me to put the knife down and come talk to him man to man outside. I set my knife down and went outside to talk. He then took a swing at me,” Mr. Brossoit said, noting his assailant missed with the first punch. “He then grabbed my shirt and punched me in the back of the head.”

Mr. Brossoit said he was able to get away from the man and went back inside the residence. Witnesses said the female that had entered the residence had grabbed Ms. Caskinette by the hair and was attempting to pull her across the room.

Mr. Brossoit traced his problem with Mr. Lloyd and his girlfriend, Miranda Green, to an incident that has taken place approximately a month ago at Keith Snyder’s apartment on South Main Street.

“Problem pushed Felicity in the corner and held her down while Miranda was punching her. Felicity said she was pregnant, and Miranda said, ‘Your face isn’t pregnant.’ Then she stopped. Felicity walked out. I went to get my keys, and they said I better not let Felicity go to the cops,” Mr. Brossoit told police.

Mr. Crandall read the statements to Mr. Lloyd at his arraignment, and the Haskell Street resident quickly pointed to inconsistencies in the statements provided by Mr. Brossoit and Ms. Caskinette. He said Mr. Brossoit told police he had observed the gun incident from the residence, while Ms. Caskinette had suggested Mr. Brossoit was in the vehicle with her when she was threatened with the gun.

“I wasn’t even over there. My car was broke. I had to get a battery. My vehicle was completely dead. They have two different stories. They lying. Why she got to lie and say she was with him in the car?” Mr. Lloyd said during his court appearance.

“I just don’t understand how I can be charged,” he said. “My name is just out there, and they are just trying to get me in trouble. I honestly didn’t do this.”

Prosecutors say Mr. Lloyd and Ms. Green, 18, tried to kidnap another Massena resident, Catherine A. Berry, 17, of 66 Liberty Ave., on Feb. 16.

The pair were indicted by a St. Lawrence County grand jury in early March. Ms. Green was arraigned before St. Lawrence County Court Judge Jerome J. Richards on March 25. Like Mr. Lloyd, Ms. Green — who is pregnant — tested positive for marijuana use after that hearing. She also was placed under probation supervision pending further proceedings in the case.

Two days after Ms. Green’s arraignment, a car she and Lloyd were riding in allegedly was shot at by a friend of Ms. Berry, Devian J. Fletcher, 19, a man who told police that Mr. Lloyd had threatened to kill him. Mr. Fletcher and a woman who lived at Ms. Berry’s address, Kate J. Javier, 19, were indicted on charges tied to that incident Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury.

Meanwhile, the police investigation into the home invasion resulted in the arrests of three other people on drug and weapon charges. Police said they located two men walking on Maple Street near the mental health clinic at approximately 4:30 p.m. that initial reports indicated might be associated with a vehicle being sought in connection with the Spruce St. incident.

“As we approached the males, a male wearing jeans and a black jacket took off running. I apprehended the subject on George Street. Laying next to the subject was a baggie with seven bundles of heroin ...,” officer Jayden Pernice wrote in a statement included in the court documents.

Village police charged Janek P. Podeswick, 33, of 1624 Hawely Ave., Syracuse, with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was also arraigned by Judge Crandall and sent to the county jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Mr. Podeswick questioned why he was being charged with intent to sell. “That’s how I purchased it,” he said.

The Syracuse man also expressed shock at his bail. “I just had a little minor baggy. This is my first offense. I just came up to visit. I ain’t got no record. It (the bail) is pretty harsh, don’t you think?” he told the justice.

Mr. Crandall countered the bail had been recommended by an assistant district attorney and pointed out the Syracuse man had no ties to the community, doesn’t live in the county and has a felony criminal contempt charge pending in Onondaga County.

The man reportedly with Podeswick on Maple Street, Jose Antonio Castro Luzanaris, 25, of 59 1/2 Maple St., Massena, was charged with a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was reportedly found in possession of a loaded semi-automatic 9mm handgun without a pistol permit.

Trooper Dustin J. Anderson said he was on Maple Street with other police officers when they observed the two males walking down the street. He said after the Syracuse man took off running, Luzanaris turned and faced him.

“He had a plastic bag in his right hand and appeared to be fumbling with it trying to set it down and grabbing at his waist. I ordered him to show me his hands, which he did not. I took the subject to the ground and secured him in handcuffs. I located the 9mm pistol in the front right side of his waistband. I secured the weapon, which contained five rounds in the magazine,” Mr. Anderson said in a court statement.

The fourth arrest took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Willow Street, where Mr. Lloyd was taken into custody. Village police said Kimberly A. Jandrew, 26, of 40 Willow St., Apt. 1, Massena, agreed to allow police to search her apartment for a weapon they thought might have connections to the home invasion.

While inside the residence, police said they found drug paraphernalia, and Ms. Jandrew admitted she had concealed narcotics in a body cavity, She was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital by a female state trooper, and Ms. Jandrew reportedly removed multiple baggies that contained various drugs, including a substance that tested positive for cocaine, from her body cavity.

Mr. Luzanaris and Ms. Jandrew were each arraigned by Mr. Crandall early Friday morning and sent to the county jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

Village police said their investigation is continuing, and further arrests are pending.

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