Justin Wiseman is led into provincial court. — Photo by Rosie Gillingham/The Telegram
Justin Joseph Wiseman, 21, arrested Sunday after an eight-hour armed standoff with police, has now been charged with armed robbery at City Superette on Pleasant Street in St. John’s.
About 3:30 p.m. Saturday, the RNC responded to a call from the business. A suspect armed with a knife entered the store and demanded cash and cigarettes before fleeing the scene. There were no injuries during the incident.
Wiseman was charged this afternoon with armed robbery, disguise with intent, possession of weapon dangerous to the public and breaches of court order.
A ruckus broke out in provincial court in St. John's this afternoon when Justin Joseph Wiseman returned from a psychiatric assessment.
Wiseman was arrested Sunday after an eight-hour armed standoff with police.Until 5 a.m. Sunday, he was barricaded in a house with a shotgun, while Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers in full tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the premises.
In court this afternoon, Wiseman began shouting about how police mistreated him. Witnesses in the courtroom said he tried to jump over the prisoner's dock and Sheriff's officers had to call for backup.
Wiseman was whisked off to a nearby holding cell while friends of his, also protesting what they called mistreatment by police, began kicking the closed doors and shouting.
Wiseman was deemed fit to stand trial following his psychiatric assessment.
Wiseman faces 11 charges as a result of the Sunday morning incident — two counts of possessing a weapon (a knife and a sawed-off shotgun), a single count of possessing a prohibited weapon, armed robbery, having his face masked and six counts of breaching a recognizance.
He has a dozen other charges stemming from four separate incidents.
He's charged with uttering threats and breaching probation from Aug. 14; robbery from Marie's Mini Mart in Paradise, having his face masked, breaching probation and two counts of breaching an undertaking from Nov. 7, 2012; theft from Triple C Car Wash, breaching an undertaking and breaching probation from Nov. 17; and two counts of breaching a recognizance from March 5 of this year.
He's due back in court Friday.
Justin Joseph Wiseman was back in provincial court this morning.
He was sent for a lunchtime psychiatric assessment. He'll be back in court this afternoon.
While being led into court, he told reporters, "The cops were trying to kill me. They're tying to kill me."
Wiseman was arrested Sunday after an eight-hour armed standoff with police on Springdale Street in St. John's.
Until 5 a.m. Sunday, he was barricaded in a house with a shotgun, while Royal Newfoundland Constabulary officers in full tactical gear and carrying assault rifles surrounded the premises.