MASSENA Village police say they believe a Wednesday morning shooting in the village could be a case of unfinished business.
The two people whose car allegedly was fired upon are suspects in an attempted kidnapping in Massena last month. Investigation quickly led police to the home of their alleged target, and what followed was a seven-hour standoff.
Were looking at this point into the connection. We believe there is a connection, Massena Police Chief Timmy J. Currier said.
Four people were charged following a day that left one woman injured, a neighborhood cordoned off and investigators scrambling to piece together events and relationships in an ordeal that involved suspects in several recent Massena-area crimes.
Wednesdays events started with an 11:35 a.m. 911 call about shots fired on Maple Street.
Devian J. Fletcher, 19, New York City, approached the passenger side of a vehicle while it was in the driveway at 72 Maple St. and fired a handgun toward its two occupants, Mr. Currier said. Neither person was shot, but the person sitting in the front passenger seat was injured by breaking glass.
Mr. Currier did not identify the vehicles occupants, but one of their attorneys identified the pair as Miranda M. Green, 18, Massena, and her boyfriend, Patrick R. Lloyd, 25, a New York City man who reportedly is staying at a residence on Haskell Street.
The two are suspects in the alleged attempted abduction Feb. 16 of Catherine A. Berry, 17, of 66 Liberty Ave., the site of Wednesdays standoff.
Mr. Lloyds attorney, Edward F. Narrow, said that his client called to tell him about the shooting, and that Ms. Green, who said in court this week that she is pregnant, had been treated at Massena Memorial Hospital but was OK.
After responding to Maple Street, police determined that a person they suspected was involved in the incident was at 66 Liberty Ave., Mr. Currier said.
Those arrested, according to Mr. Currier:
n Mr. Fletcher, who faces charges of first-degree attempted assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing. He was arraigned in Village Court and sent to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail.
n Kate J. Javier, 19, of 66 Liberty Ave., who faces charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, tampering with evidence, criminal impersonation and forgery.
n Jeffrey J. Clukey, 41, Solvay, who told police he was visiting and was taken into custody on a fourth-degree grand larceny warrant from Solvay.
Police also arrested a fourth, unnamed person, about whom no details were available Wednesday night.
Additional arraignment proceedings were pending late Wednesday.
The entire sequence of events remained unclear, but police from several agencies had the Liberty Avenue home surrounded for hours, with one person taken into custody in early afternoon, and another not surrendering until well into the evening. Mr. Fletcher was taken into custody after some time, and with the assistance of state police negotiators, Mr. Currier said. Police also had two other people in custody prior to the fourth persons surrender.
The standoff ended peacefully after the male exited the house with his arms raised above his head and dropped to the ground. He was frisked and led away in a state police vehicle.
Police have recovered a .22-caliber handgun believed used in the alleged attack, Mr. Currier said.
Mr. Currier declined to identify any connection between those who were arrested and the Liberty Avenue residence, but several people connected with Wednesdays events have been in the headlines in recent months.
Mr. Fletcher was indicted last month on charges of second-degree attempted burglary for allegedly attempting to break into a Haskell Street home in late December to confront a resident. He and another suspect in that case, Matthew C. Malu, 24, Yonkers, were placed under probation supervision by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome J. Richards last month, pending further proceedings in that case.
Ms. Green was arraigned Monday in St. Lawrence County Court in connection with a Feb. 16 incident in which she and Mr. Lloyd allegedly shoved Ms. Berry to the ground and kicked and punched her in the face several times. They then allegedly restrained Ms. Berrys hands and tried to throw her into their vehicle before their actions drew the attention of neighbors in the Sycamore Street area. Ms. Berry reportedly suffered bruises and facial swelling as a result of the attack.
Judge Richards placed Ms. Green under probation supervision pending further proceedings.
Mr. Lloyd is scheduled to be arraigned April 5 in the kidnapping case. He was arrested again last weekend, when police charged him with disorderly conduct following an incident on Boynton Street.
Mr. Currier said he continues to be concerned about escalating violence in the village, and about suspects who are allowed to remain on the streets.
We have to continue to look at our criminal justice system, Mr. Currier said. Theres no reason for it.