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Police: Home invasion suspects tied up tenants at gunpoint, stole thousands in cash

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The man charged in a violent home invasion last month allegedly stole thousands of dollars in cash, jewelry and clothing with four other suspects while tying up the two victims in their own bedroom, police said in court Monday.

Janssye Toucet, 31 of Providence, was arraigned in Kent County District Court on charges of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and firearms charges.

He’s one of four suspects accused of committing the home invasion on Chestnut Hill Avenue on July 27. Police declined to comment on the other suspects while the investigation is ongoing.

In court, Cranston Police Inspector Karen Disano said Toucet and the other suspects broke into the home around 5:30 a.m., tying up a man and a woman in their bedroom with phone chargers and other items in the room.

According to Disano, the victims reported the five men all carried pistols, threatening to kill the two people and pistol-whipping the male victim in the head.

The suspects stole $16,000 in cash, jewelry and high-end clothing and shoes, Disano said.

Cranston Police Major Todd Patalano said police identified Toucet as one of the suspects and learned he was located at home in Warwick on Friday night. Toucet left the house and was followed by officers who were watching the house. He was arrested during a traffic stop.

The Rhode Island State Police SWAT team executed a search warrant at the West Pontiac Avenue home but a spokesperson said no arrests were made there.

Toucet was held without bail after his arraignment on Monday. He’s being presented as a bail violator in multiple other criminal cases.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin confirmed detectives in that city are looking at Toucet as a possible suspect in a string of home invasions that took place in the capital city in June and July.

Some of the Providence cases were similar to the one in Cranston, such as one on Myrtle Street on July 13. Lapatin said at the time that “four to five” men went into the home, tied up the occupants and stole items from them.


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