Two men charged in home invasion sent for psychiatric assessments

Frank Gale
Published on January 22, 2013
Donald Matthew King, left and Charles Joseph Barron, two of the men charged with a home invasion in Stephenville on the weekend, are seen being escorted into Stephenville Provincial Court on Monday by Const. Kelsey Ford of the RCMP.
Frank Gale

STEPHENVILLE  Two men alleged to have been involved in a home invasion in Stephenville on Friday night are being sent for psychiatric assessments, while a third man and a woman, alleged to have driven the getaway car, are expected back in court today.

Those decisions were made in Stephenville Provincial Court on Monday.

Charles Joseph Barron, 23, of Stephenville Crossing, and Donald Matthew King, 30, of Mattis Point, are being sent off for the assessments. Tyler Bennett, 19, of Mattis Point, and Marie Diane Bennett, 28, of Stephenville Crossing, are back in court Tuesday for a bail hearing.

The Bay St. George RCMP received a report of a home invasion at a residence on St. Clare Avenue at 8:10 p.m. on Friday. The report indicated that three suspects with their faces covered entered the home with knives and a machete.

The occupant, a male resident, was assaulted and received some bruises and cuts due to an altercation with the men. He was taken to Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville and treated for the injuries.

Police said the group stole cash, marijuana, and prescription pills from the residence, before fleeing the area in the getaway vehicle.

All four were later arrested at a traffic stop in the area.

Barron was charged with breaking and entering and committing offence, being disguised with intent, failure to comply with a probation order and possessing a controlled drug or substance.

Marie Bennett, who is alleged to have driven the getaway vehicle, has been charged with robbery.

Tyler Bennett has two charges of possessing a controlled a drug or substance, breaking and entering and committing an offence, possessing property obtained by crime, possessing a prohibited weapon, being disguised with intent and possession of a prohibited weapon.

King was charged with breaking and entering and committing an offence, being disguised with intent, possession of a prohibited weapon, two counts of failure to comply with probation orders and failure to comply with conditions of an undertaking or recognizance.

Police are continuing their investigation of this incident and anyone with information is requested to contact the Stephenville RCMP at (709) 643-2118 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or