MANCHESTER — Bail was set at $100,000 cash/surety Wednesday in 9th Circuit Court-District Division-Manchester for two men charged in connection with a home invasion on Belmont Street Tuesday morning in which one of the residents sustained a graze wound to the neck.
Police prosecutor Sgt. Stephen Reardon said both Jason Kenyon, 32, of 22 Pinyon Place, Derry, and Jason Candelario, 25, of 78 Young St., have extensive criminal records and Candelario is currently on parole on robbery convictions.
Court documents show police responded to the reported home invasion at 499 Belmont St. at about 8:15 a.m., after receiving a 911 call from a man who said a home invasion occurred just as he arrived at the residence to meet a friend.
Luan Santos, 23, told police he had just arrived, to meet up with Ilias Kostopoulos, 23, when the home invasion began. Kostopoulos, who told police he recognized Kenyon, said when he saw Kenyon had a gun, he backed up and closed and locked the slider, but Kenyon fired at it and he and the man later identified as Candelario burst into the residence.
Kostopoulos said Kenyon told him: “This is f...ing home invasion, give me everything you got.” Kostopoulos said Kenyon grabbed him and said, “Give me everything, you got drugs, you got money, give me everything.”
Kostopoulos said he told Kenyon he didn’t have anything, but offered him some marijuana and was going to give him the $60 to $80 in his wallet, but Kenyon grabbed the wallet.
Kostopoulos told police that Candalario then grabbed the back of his neck and, using a pressure point, caused Kostopoulos’ knees to buckle and he fell to the floor, where Candalario pushed his face into the ground and told him: “What don’t you understand? Give me your money.”
Kostopoulos told police that a little later, he saw both Kenyon and Candalario had guns in their hands and he said Kenyon fired at his younger brother, John, who had been awakened and came downstairs with the elder brother’s .22 pistol.
John Kostopoulos, 18, who told police he fired a couple of shots into the floor and a cabinet when he saw what was happening to his brother, said he was turning as a bullet fired by Kenyon grazed his neck, causing what police described as a six-inch long wound. The younger Kostopoulos said he went back upstairs and locked his bedroom door.
Ilias Kostopoulos told police that when he tripped on a rug and fell to the floor, the intruders must have thought he’d been shot, because they took off.
Police were able to locate the suspects thanks to the identification provided by Kostopoulos and information from a man driving past who saw Kenyon and Candelario fleeing, after which he followed them. The pair disappeared briefly behind a house on Laurel Street, the man told police, after which they reappeared in tank tops and jeans, no longer wearing their sweatshirts, and without the backpack Kenyon had been carrying.
According to the documents, police found the backpack and a gun concealed behind a Dumpster, and another handgun under it, behind the Laurel Street residence where the two men had emerged.
When Kenyon was caught and searched on Old Falls Road, police said he had two wallets in his possession, his and another that belonged to Ilias Kostopoulos. He also had Kostopoulos’ cell phone. Candelario, who was carrying a dark sweatshirt, was caught a short time later on Belmont Street, after being shot with a Taser.
Kenyon, who has a pending charge in another jurisdiction, was arraigned on seven felony charges: first-degree assault, armed robbery, burglary, criminal threatening, reckless conduct, felon in possession of a deadly weapon and falsifying physical evidence.
Candelario, whose parole officer put a 72-hour hold on him, was arraigned on felony charges of armed robbery, burglary, felon in possession of a deadly weapon, armed career criminal and falsifying physical evidence. He pleaded innocent to a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.
Bail conditions for both men prohibit contact with Santos, the Kostopoulos brothers and their co-defendant. Probable cause hearings on the felony charges for both men were set for June 11. The trial for Candelario on the misdemeanor charge was set for July 3.