The Bell Island detachment of the RCMP is continuing to investigate up to 10 separate complaints as a result of the activities of two men on the Island Thursday.
The RCMP said in a release this afternoon, there have been more than 20 criminal charges laid, including numerous counts of mischief to property, assault with a weapon and breaches of probation, along with the charge of attempted armed robbery at Ridgeway Variety Store.
The men allegedy committed assaults with 2x4 lumber. Police believe that alcohol and/or drugs may have been a factor in these incidents.
Christian Jenkins, 20, and Wayne Boone, 19, both from Bell Island, appeared in provincial court today and have been remanded into police custody pending a bail hearing next week.
Boone also has an upcoming trial set for Oct. 23 for a previous assault charge.
Thursday's incidents began around 2:15 p.m. when the RCMP on Bell Island received a complaint of possible mischief to property in the Guthro Street area.
Soon after that, calls were made by several others about two men assaulting people and causing damage to property.
Weapons allegedly used include the lumber, a beer bottle and a mini trampoline. Homes, a school and a convenience store were damaged.
The men allegedly demanded money from clerks at a store near Davidson Avenue. The clerks fled the building, and the men reportedly damaged the store with 2x4 pieces of lumber.
Police arrested both accused a short time later.
Police are asking that anyone who has witnessed any of the events under investigation and who has not already spoken to a police officer to contact the Bell Island Detachment of the RCMP at 709-488-3312 or at 1-800-709-RCMP to provide their information.