The two Ontario men charged in relation to an alleged extortion of a Corner Brook man were granted bail Thursday.
Ryan Robert Allan St. Pierre, 23, and Gary Jacob Watcheson, 25 — both residents of Ontario — were released by provincial court Judge Kymil Howe.
The two men were arrested in the area of O’Connell Drive Friday evening and charged with extortion. It is reportedly linked to threatening a targeted Corner Brook resident for approximately $300,000.
As well as posting $5,000 cash each, they had to have sureties post $5,000 bonds for their release. They were freed to return to court May 27 based on a number of conditions.
They must return to Brantford, Ont., and only return to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador for scheduled court appearances.
They must notify the Corner Brook Royal Newfoundland Constabulary of any visit to the province within three hours of their arrival and departure.
The accused are also not allowed to have any contact, direct or indirect, with the alleged victim and a number of his family members and acquaintances. They are not allowed to be at his residence or place of work.
Const. Scott Mosher has said the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has not yet made connections from this incident to organized crime or gang-related activity. Police are continuing to investigate a number of individuals and leads.