SCITUATE, R.I. (WPRI) — Three men armed with a .22 caliber AR-15 rifle are being charged in connection with a home invasion in Scituate Thursday evening, and a fourth man is accused of being their getaway driver. According to police, the 65-year-old homeowner was assaulted, but no serious injuries were reported.
The suspects were identified Friday as Edwin Torres, 21, Shonnell Jordan, 21, a 16-year-old boy and Justin Ziobrowski, 21, who police say was the driver.
According to police, Ziobrowski drove Torres, Jordan and the juvenile to the Scituate home on Matteson Road and the three suspects forced their way in, armed with the rifle.
"The homeowner was held down by the 16 year old at the front door, while the two other defendants went upstairs to a bedroom that had been barricaded by one of the victims," Scituate Police Lt. Dave Mack said in court Friday afternoon. "The defendants then forcibly broke through the door and held the son of the homeowner and his girlfriend at gunpoint, demanding drugs and money."
Police said the suspects didn't get away with anything, and ran outside. One of the victims chased the men and then called police.
Police were able to stop the car with all four suspects inside. The rifle was found in the woods nearby, and police determined it had been stolen during a break-in in Cranston.
In court Friday, Torres and Jordan were charged with a long list of crimes including assault with a dangerous weapon in a dwelling house, breaking and entering, felony assault with a firearm and more. Ziobrowski was charged with conspiracy. The 16-year old, who was not identified because of his age, was also charged with a lost list of crimes in family court.
Torres and Jordan were both held without bail, while Ziobrowski was released after posting $2,500.
His attorney, Michael Lombardi said Ziobrowski is innocent because he just gave the other suspects a ride and did not know they were going to commit a robbery.
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