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


MASSENA - A Massena man whose release under the supervision of the probation department last week in St. Lawrence County Court last week sparked an outcry from political leaders in the community was jailed late Thursday night after he was charged for allegedly 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., Massena, 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 Spruce Street residence of Albert Brossoit and Felicity Caskinette. Lloyd allegedly drove another man to the Spruce Street residence and the passenger in his vehicle allegedly pointed a handgun at Ms. Caskinette.

Lloyd was arraigned on the misdemeanor count by Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. The court also signed an order of protection directing Lloyd to have no contact with Mr. Brossoit or Ms. Caskinette.

Mr. Crandall noted Lloyd’s criminal history revealed he had cited for failing to appear in court as directed in six different occasions and noted he had several charges pending in various courts in the state, including high level felony cases pending in St. Lawrence and Franklin county courts. He said Lloyd’s arrest on the menacing count violated his release status on those felony charges.

Witnesses told police Lloyd, known by his street name of Problem, drove a second man to 27 1/2 Spruce St. at approximately 3 p.m. following Ms. Caskinette when she drove into 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,” Albert Brossoit noted in the statement he signed for police.

He said the passenger in Lloyd’s vehicle, known only by his street name, returned approximately a half hour later with a female and walked inside his residence without permission.

“I had a knife in my hand, and Q 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 to Q. Q said I was trying to talk —— about his n——-. Q 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 after he heard his girlfriend yelling she was pregnant. 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.

The Massena police traced his problem with 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 recalled in his statement to police.

Mr. Crandall read the witnesses’ statements to Lloyd at his arraignment, and the Haskell Street resident quickly pointed to inconsistencies in the statements provided by Mr. Brossoit and Ms. Caskinette. He noted 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.

Lloyd proclaimed his innocence during his court appearance.

Meanwhile, the police investigation into the home invasion resulted in the arrests of three other people on drug and weapon charges. Police said while they were searching for the suspects in the home invasion 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 St. Laying next to the subject was a baggie with seven bundles of heroin ...,” Ptl. 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.

The man reportedly with Podeswick on Maple Street, Jose Antonio Castro Luzarnis 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 Inter Arms semi-automatic 9mm handgun without a valid pistol permit.

Tpr. 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 Luzarnis 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,” Tpr. Anderson noted in his statement.

The fourth arrest stemmed took place at approximately 7:30 p.m. Thursday on Willow Street, where 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 Jandrew admitted she had concealed narcotics in a body cavity, She was taken to Massena Memorial Hospital by a female state trooper, and Jandrew reportedly removed multiple baggies contained multiple amounts of various types of drugs, including a substance that tested positive for cocaine, from her body cavity.

Luzarnis and 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 were assisted Thursday by state police, U.S. Border Patrol agents and state DEC police.

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

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