Fredrick Wade, 30, leaves a provincial courtroom in St. John’s Friday afternoon. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram
Thirty-year-old Fredrick Wade professed his love to his girlfriend, 24-year-old Tracey Marie Stamp, as he left provincial court, handcuffed, in St. John’s Friday afternoon.
Wade and Stamp were both charged Thursday evening in connection with two armed robberies that happened in St. John’s last summer.
Plain-clothes investigators with the RNC arrested Wade at St. John’s International Airport shortly before 5 p.m., as he was arriving on an in-bound flight.
He was charged with two counts of armed robbery, two counts of disguise with intent to commit a crime, and possession of stolen property, allegedly a mini-van that was used in both robberies.
Stamp, who was arrested at a local residence a half an hour later, was charged with two counts of robbery, disguise with intent to commit a crime, and possession of the same stolen property, as well as breaches of previous court orders.
She was released to appear in court May 17, but was there Friday nonetheless; not only to support her boyfriend, but to enter a plea on an unrelated charge of assault causing bodily harm.
Stamp and three other girls were charged together in relation to an incident that took place last October, when they are alleged to have beaten two other females.
Stamp pleaded not guilty to that charge, and her trial is set for July 5.
Not clear why
Wade told Judge Greg Brown he understood what he was being charged with, but wasn’t yet clear why, since he hadn’t had the opportunity to speak with a lawyer. Brown explained there is a 24-hour deadline once a person is charged for them to make a first appearance in court, and assured Wade he’d be able to speak to duty counsel as soon as possible.
Crown prosecutor Bill Cadigan opposed Wade’s release from custody, and a bail hearing has been set for Monday morning.
Police allege Wade and Stamp are responsible for the armed robberies of a local Subway restaurant and Ultramar gas station which took place within minutes of each other July 8, 2010.
Shortly before 5 a.m., RNC officers were called to Subway on Kelsey Drive after masked robbers entered the restaurant armed with a knife; the man jumping over the counter and demanding money from the till.
About five minutes later a second armed robbery was reported at the Ultramar gas station on Kenmount Road, the man getting away this time with money and cigarettes.
A stolen burgundy mini-van which police say was used as the getaway vehicle in both robberies was later found abandoned on Polina Road, not far from the gas station.
A 10-month investigation was conducted by the RNC and included forensic identification and canine services.
“These arrests were made possible to due criminal investigative techniques, forensic science, the public’s assistance and video surveillance,” police said in a written statement.