Man, youth released from custody

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Benjamin Roberts is seen in court in this 2011 file photo.

Allegedly just days after his latest release from jail, Benjamin Arthur Roberts spent another night in custody.

The 34-year-old Corner Brook man was arrested Monday night outside the Ultramar gas bar on West Street. He was charged with possession of a weapon, assaulting a police officer and failing to comply with his probation.

There was also a 16-year-old male youth charged with possession of a weapon after police responded to the complaint of suspicious activity. Roberts was said to have had an aluminum bat in his possession, and reportedly kicked a Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officer as he resisted arrest. The youth had a knife, police said.

Crown attorney Brenda Duffy consented to Roberts’ release, pending a number of conditions. He must abide by a 10 p.m.-6 a.m. curfew, is not allowed to possess or consume illegal drugs or alcohol, is not permitted inside a licensed liquor establishment and is not allowed to have contact with his co-accused.

He is scheduled back in court June 10. A court date for the youth, who was released from custody to a guardian, was not available as of deadline.

According to the RNC, Roberts and the youth were attempting to make arrangements for transportation and were waiting outside the business when officers arrived just before midnight.

Roberts, who has a lengthy criminal record, was most recently sentenced to five months in prison in January. He had assaulted a woman he is in a relationship with and threatened a police officer in two seperate incidents.

EARLIER STORY

The Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary arrested a 34-year-old man and 16-year-old boy on a weapons charge late Monday night.

At 11:55 p.m. police responded to a report of two suspicious males possibly with weapons outside a business on West Street.

The man was arrested for possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, breach of probation and assaulting a police officer. He was held to appear in provincial court today.

The boy was also charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and released to appear in court at a later date. Both are from Corner Brook.

Organizations: Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary

Geographic location: West Street.The, Corner Brook

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