Two men have been arrested and charged, following an investigation into a home invasion and assault that took place in Village-Blanchard, N.B., last week.
On November 5, 2019, at approximately 10:40 p.m., police responded to a residence on Route 11 following a report of a home invasion and robbery. It's believed three individuals entered the home and assaulted the occupant with a weapon. The homeowner was able to leave the home and call police. He was taken to hospital for treatment and later released.
Thirty-two-year-old Willie Larocque of Beresford and 25-year-old Blayne Rose of Bathurst both appeared in Tracadie Provincial Court on November 13, and were each charged with the following offences:
- breaking and entering
- committing an indictable offence inside a dwelling house
- assault with a weapon
- assault causing bodily harm
Blayne Rose was also charged with wearing a disguise with intent. He has been remanded into custody until his next court appearance, scheduled for December 3, 2019.
Willie Larocque has been remanded into custody and is scheduled to return to court on November 19.
The RCMP continues to seek a third suspect in connection with the home invasion. The person would be between five feet six and five feet eight inches (168 to 173 centimetres) tall, and was wearing a mask and a dark hooded sweatshirt during the incident.
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the Caraquet RCMP at 506-726-5222. Information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.crimenb.ca.