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8 charged in E. Bridgewater home invasion

Eight suspects were arrested in connection with an armed home invasion in East Bridgewater early Tuesday morning after a manhunt involving several police departments, a SWAT team, and a K-9 unit that stretched into the afternoon, officials said.

“There was chaos here yesterday,” said East Bridgewater Police Chief John Cowan.

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East Bridgewater police received a 911 call at 3:18 a.m. Tuesday reporting an armed home invasion at a house on North Central Street, said Cowan. The suspects fled — some into a wooded area — prompting the manhunt, which lasted until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

East Bridgewater police received assistance from a number of departments, including those from Bridgewater, West Bridgewater, and Brockton, Cowan said.

At 8:55 a.m., East Bridgewater police called for assistance from the South Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council SWAT team when they “knew there was a possibility of . . . armed people in the woods,” Cowan said. A K-9 unit training nearby was also brought in.

A string of arrests took place during the manhunt, including one at 3:52 a.m., followed by three or four made between 6:08 and 6:29 a.m., Cowan said. Another was made at 9 a.m.

Eight arrests were made in total, Cowan said, including the final suspect, who was apprehended in Norwood on Wednesday. Cowan said there was at least one more person of interest in the case.

Algier Griffeth, 18, of Brockton; Steeve Jean, 27, of Leominster; Stevenson Desauguste, 29, of Everett; Pompesky Aspil, 42, of Brockton; Ashley J. Smith, 22, of Randolph; James Hilaire, 19, of Randolph, and Yoffique C. Stapleton, 22, of Dorchester were arrested. The eighth suspect’s name was not yet available.

The suspects bound “at least one or two people” with zip ties, Cowan said. One victim, Shawn Raymond, was allegedly pistol-whipped. Cowan said at least three or four others were in the home at the time.

It did not appear there were any other injuries.

Items “belonging to both the victims and the suspects” were recovered during the manhunt, Cowan said.

The seven identified suspects were arraigned in Brockton District Court Wednesday. All seven pleaded not guilty to a variety of charges, including kidnapping with a firearm, home invasion with a firearm, kidnapping a child, armed kidnapping, and armed assault in a dwelling.

Griffeth, Jean, and Stapleton are scheduled to return to court on Aug. 19 for a probable cause hearing, and are being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Smith and Hilaire are also scheduled to return to court on Aug. 19 for a probable cause hearing and are being held on $15,000 and $100,000 cash bail, respectively.

Desauguste and Aspil are scheduled to return on Aug. 19 for a pretrial hearing. They are each being held on $25,000 cash bail.

Kiera Blessing can be reached at kiera.blessing@globe.com.
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