UPDATE: Two charged in armed robbery — one held in custody, one released following court appearance

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Incident occurred in Cowan Heights area of St. John’s


Julian Matthew Squires, 25, has been remanded in custody following an appearance in provincial court this afternoon on charges laid in connection with an armed robbery Jan. 18 in the Cowan Heights area of St. John's.

Amanda Murphy, 27, also charged in the case, was released from custody on conditions she have no contact with Squires or the complainant, and keep the peace and good behaviour.

Both are due back in court Feb. 16.

Charges include robbery with violence and assault with a weapon.


(Earlier story)

Amanda Murphy, 27, and Julian Matthew Squires, 25, are due in court this afternoon in connection with an armed robbery Sunday in the Cowan Heights area of St. John's.

Murphy made a brief appearance before the judge just after noon today, but will be back after the lunch break.

They are both charged with two counts of robbery on two men arising from the Cowan Heights incident.


(Earlier story)

A man and woman charged in relation to an armed robbery in Cowan Heights in St. John’s Jan. 18 had allegedly responded to an ad on a classified website and arranged to meet the seller of the item being advertised.

The armed robbery took place at the location in Cowan Heights where the parties agreed to meet.

Police did not say what the item was that was to be purchased.

The RNC charged a 27-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man on Sunday with robbery with violence and assault with a weapon. Both were held in custody to appear in court today.

Details of the incident include that on Friday, Jan. 18, RNC patrol officers responded to a complaint of an armed robbery in Cowan Heights.

A male who had placed an ad on the classified website to sell an item he owned agreed to meet a potential buyer at a location the buyer had suggested. The man and two friends went to the location and then was, along with his friends, robbed of their possessions by a male and female suspect. One suspect had a knife and the other had a club-like object.

The RNC asks that anyone who may have any information in relation to this or any other crime is asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information anonymously on the NL Crime Stoppers website at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.


(Earlier story)

A man and woman were arrested Sunday in connection with a violent robbery and assault in the Cowan Heights area of St. John's earlier this month.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says a 25-year-old man and 27-year-old woman were arrested for robbery with violence and assault with a weapon in an open area in Cowan Heights on Jan. 18.

Both were held in custody until a court appearance.



Organizations: Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Cowan Heights

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Recent comments

  • Do Gooder
    March 14, 2013 - 08:12

    I still stand by my comments, I am sick and tired of everything being blamed on the system. These aren't youths making a few mistakes. These are adults and at some point in life you need to take responsibility for your life and grow up. These people and those like them who live in housing that I pay for, lawyers and court that I pay for, continues trips to hospital that I pay for, police response that I pay for, inflated retail costs, insurance costs and much more that I and the rest of civilized society pay for are a drain on the financial situation of this province. I am a firm believer that 3 strikes works, it costs just as much to me whether this scum is locked up or on the streets. At least when they are locked up I don't have to worry about them robbing me, fleeing from police in a vehicle and killing me in an accident or coming through my window at 3 am and I end up in jail for doing society a favour. If one day you or yours is injured or killed by one of these thugs I suspect you won't be so forgiving.

  • Do Gooder
    January 28, 2013 - 20:40

    No surprises here at all, this guy should have been already locked up. If he was in the USA his 3 strikes would have been up 10 years ago and he wouldn't be out to do the crime, but not here this guy makes headline news time and time again and through the revolving door again at Atlantic Place he goes. Maybe one day he will get found in a window and the world will again be a better place. The justice system is suppose to protect us, if I was the victim of this crime I would sue the justice system for failing to lock this guy up for the time he deserved years ago.

    • Not a do gooder
      February 16, 2013 - 00:41

      To Do Gooder: you are obviously not a Christian. What a horribly, disgusting thing to say about another human being!! That young man you talked about being crushed by a window while making a bad decision was someone's child, sibling, cousin, friend and father! This young man continuously in trouble and in jail was failed by the system and maybe if he had someone give him a chance while growing up and take some interest in him he might have a better, trouble free life!! How dare you think you are a better person then him or the young lady in this situation! This is a sad story. I don't think it's right to threaten someone or steal but I don't think it's right to say someone should die a horrible death either. Shame on you! It must be great to be so perfect and raise your nose so high in the air.

  • Steve
    January 28, 2013 - 16:32

    This is rich, from a VOCM on line story on this, "27-year-old Amanda Murphy of St. John's and 25-year-old Julian Matthew Squires, whose address appears on court records as Her Majesty's Penitentiary" I guess they were both sent home :D