Suspects involved in border standoff are brothers
HOULTON, Maine — Two suspects involved in the incident that shut down the busy international border between Houlton, Maine, and Woodstock, New Brunswick, for about 12 hours on Friday, Oct. 26, are brothers, according to CTV Atlantic.
The Canadian television news organization identified the pair as Bailey Roy, 21, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Damien Nicholas Roy, 22, of Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia.
The incident began just before 9:15 a.m. on Friday after members of the New Brunswick RCMP responded to a suspicious vehicle that had driven from Canada and stopped in the area between the Canada and U.S. border crossings.
Two men inside the vehicle refused to communicate with Canada Border Services Agency officials or police and were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers about six hours later, after they drove their vehicle toward the U.S. border, according to the public affairs office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The border crossing, which handles 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles daily, was shut down for about 12 hours on Friday, disrupting traffic in both countries. Despite the arrest of both men at about 3:20 p.m., border officials did not reopen the crossing until about 10 p.m. to give investigators time to finish processing the vehicle and clearing the scene.
U.S. officials handed Bailey Roy over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Sunday and he appeared in Woodstock Provincial Court on Monday, according to the RCMP.
CTV Atlantic reporter Bruce Frisko reported that Bailey Roy has been charged with mischief over $5,000, obstruction, and common nuisance. He remains in custody, but has a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday afternoon in provincial court.
Frisko also reported that Damien Roy was still being held in Maine pending processing by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
An inmate list on the website for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office indicates that Damien Nicholas Roy, 22, was booked Monday, Oct. 29, into the Cumberland County Jail in Portland, where he remained Wednesday.
It is not clear why U.S. officials detained one brother involved in the border standoff and turned the other over to Canadian officials.
CTV Atlantic reported that in October 2015 two brothers with the same names and dates of birth were the focus of a search-and-rescue operation in Halifax. The then 18 and 19 year olds were reported missing, prompting a search. The search eventually was called off, however, and police later found the men while dealing with another matter., according to CTV Atlantic.