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Massena PD pick up Massena man wanted for kidnapping and robbery in New Jersey


MASSENA - A 25-year-old Massena man was picked up Monday morning on a fugitive from justice warrant from the state of New Jersey alleging his involvement in an October 2010 kidnapping and robbery in East Brunswick Township, N.J.

Nathan J. Justin, who claims he has no fixed address in Massena, was picked up at 10:56 a.m. Monday without incident at 92 East Orvis St., where he was staying with a friend, Marcus L. Racine.

The arrest warrant filed with the Massena Police Department from police in East Brunswick, N.J., charges Justin with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree robbery and second-degree burglary.

He allegedly entered a residence in East Brunswick Township on Oct. 11, 2010 armed with a knife, duct taped Mariano Felipe’s hands, feet and mouth, confined him for what court documents described as a substantial period of time and stole an unspecified amount of cash.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail pending further court proceedings.

Massena Village Police Investigator Joseph W. Brown testified during Justin’s arraignment that he had received a telephone call from East Brunswick police seeking information about Justin’s whereabouts, noting their person of interest had the same date of birth as a person by that name village police have dealt with in Massena in recent months. He said he had also been informed by authorities in New Jersey there was an alleged DNA match to Justin from evidence that had been recovered from the scene of the alleged robbery and kidnapping.

Justin, in the early stages of his arraignment, questioned the circumstances leading to his apprehension. “I don’t even know what is going on,” he said.

After Mr. Gustafson provided Justin with a brief overview of the charges in New Jersey, the Massena man continued to express his displeasure with being placed in custody.

“Who? Really? This is not right. I’m being arrested for something I didn’t do. How long will this take?” he asked the court.

Mr. Gustafson told Justin he should apply for an assigned attorney and noted there was a legal process that would allow him to contest his extradition to face the charges in New Jersey.

“If they don’t get me in 30 days, they have to let me go, right,” Justin said, an accurate reflection of an uncontested extradition warrant.

“They just pulled my name out of a hat,” Justin fumed.

“No,” Mr. Gustafson responded. “They indicated there was a DNA match.” reported in October that police were searching for four men who broke into an East Brunswick home at 11:30 p.m. Oct. 11, restrained the husband, wife and son inside the residence and stole money.

Village police said they have had limited contact with Justin during his stay in Massena.

The then Barnhart Road resident was charged with driving while intoxicated after allegedly driving without a license and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident at 7:55 p.m. May 19 on state Route 37 at Barnhart Road.

Village police charged Justin with DWI, passing a red light, no seat belt-passenger, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, speed not reasonable and operating without a license.

Police said Justin, driving a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire registered to Lindsay Brainard and living with her at 298 Barnhart Road at the time, was southbound on Bayley Road when he allegedly failed to stop at a red light and collided with a Ford 150 pickup truck being operated by Edward T. Mashaw, 52, of 114 Oak St., Ogdensburg. The collision drove the truck into the curb and a road sign.

Two passengers in the Mashaw vehicle - Darlene M. Mashaw, 52, and Alan Redmond, 44 - were transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue for treatment of injuries they received in the crash.

Police said Justin, who was taken into custody two and a half hours after the accident after reportedly running from the accident scene, had a blood alcohol content of 0.12 percent. A blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or high constitutes a driving while intoxicated offense in New York state. He was located hiding under a sink at Ms. Brainard’s residence.

He was later charged with aggravated harassment after he allegedly threatened Ms. Brainard for cooperating with the police in the DWI investigation.

Justin was also involved in a case that led to the arrest of Nestor M. Valez, 36, of 2477 Belmont Ave., Bronx, for a misdemeanor count of second-degree menacing.

He was charged with intentionally pointing a black pistol at the head of Ms. Brainard during a May 12 dispute between Valez and her ex-boyfriend, Justin.

Ms. Brainard, in a statement she gave to police, said she and Justin had broken up approximately a week after that incident when she cooperated with police when they were looking for her then boyfriend after he had crashed her vehicle on state Route 37 and Bayley Road and fled the scene. Justin was found by police hiding under a sink at her residence.

She said she had dated Justin for approximately seven months before that incident. She said Justin had repeatedly called and texted her since she moved out of their apartment on May 21. She said in the early morning hours Justin was hanging out in front of the house where she was staying, watching her and flashing his car lights at the house and honking the vehicle’s horn from shortly after midnight until 2 a.m. She said Valez had been with him that night.

She told police Valez had previously pointed a weapon at her. She said she and Justin had been sitting in their apartment at approximately 9:30 p.m. May 12 when Valez entered their apartment.

“Nathan entered the door, and Valez puled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at me. The gun was black full-framed handgun. He told me to stay put and took Nathan at gunpoint into the bedroom, and I heard them yelling but was unable to understand what was said. Valez put all of Nathan’s clothes and hats into a garbage bag and walked out of our apartment,” she noted in her statement to police.

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