Derek Anderson, Jeff Fish
A Suffolk student on the men’s hockey team was charged in connection to an armed home invasion in Reading on February 8, according to a statement from Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone’s office.
Reading Police responded to a report of a home invasion at an Archstone Circle Apartment February 7 at about 12:45 p.m., and found a 19-year-old victim suffering from facial injuries, according to the statement.
He told Reading Police that two men entered his apartment with a handgun and assaulted him before stealing an $800 and fleeing in a vehicle.
According to the statement, police found Suffolk hockey player Jason Molle, 20, of Stoneham near Summer Avenue and King Street in Reading, driving a vehicle the victim described shortly after.
“Molle was uncooperative with police, denying all involvement in the crime. However, a search of his vehicle revealed evidence of the crime as well as marijuana and painkillers,” said the Police Report.
University spokesman Greg Gatlin said, “The University is reviewing the matter and will determine the appropriate steps consistent with our rules and regulations. We don’t discuss details of internal disciplinary matters.”
A second assailant, Quinlan Junta, 21, of Reading turned himself in to Reading Police last Wednesday his lawyer present.
The two are reported to have pleaded not guilty in their hearing in Woburn District Court Tuesday.
Molle was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, three counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a crime, intimidation of a witness, and possession of marijuana.
Junta was charged with home invasion, armed robbery, two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, intimidation of a witness, and conspiracy to commit a crime.
They were initially ordered to be held without bail, but were held on $5,000 cash bail or house arrest on Friday. Another hearing is scheduled for Thursday, according to the Leone’s office.
“These defendants are alleged to have broken into the victim’s home, physically assaulted him, and to have stolen a significant amount of money before fleeing the scene,’’ said Leone in the statement. “We allege that this was a violent, targeted, nonrandom act.”