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Man With History of Drug Addiction Jailed On $50,000 Bail For $4 Robbery

By 5-HT2A, Mar 16, 2015 | Updated: Mar 16, 2015 | |
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    MASSENA - Village police charged Eddie J. Slade, 24, of 466 state Route 131, Massena, with third-degree robbery and second-degree burglary following an incident Sunday at 34 Center St.

    Police said Slade entered Ricky Allen’s residence without permission, refused an order to leave the residence, knocked Mr. Allen to the floor and stole $4 from him before leaving the residence. Slade and Mr. Allen are acquaintances.

    He was also charged with second-degree criminal contempt stemming from a separate incident. He reportedly violated an order of protection when he had a conversation with James Pratt.

    That order had been served on Mr. Slade when he was sentenced for stealing $3,000 from Mr. Pratt in June 2012.

    Slade was arraigned Sunday evening by Acting Massena Village Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

    Mr. Allen told police he was in his bedroom on his computer when Mr. Slade walked into his residence without knocking on the door. He said Mr. Slade did not have permission to enter his home.

    Mr. Slade reportedly immediately started rifling through Mr. Allen’s jean’s pockets, which had been hanging on a chair. “I said, ‘Eddie, what are you doing? You aren’t taking my money,” he said in a statement he signed for police.

    Mr. Allen said he then grabbed his pants and stuffed his four $1 bills back into the pocket and ordered Mr. Slade to leave the residence. He said Mr. Allen put his shoes on and Slade initally appeared to be preparing to leave.

    But he said Mr. Slade then changed course, quickly ran past him him, took the money out of Mr. Allen’s pant’s pocket, pushed Mr. Allen extremely hard and left the residence. Mr. Allen said he then saw Mr. Slade pull away driving a dark sports utility vehicle that he believed belonged to Sandy Cook, Massena.

    Mr. Slade had told the village court in June that he was being treated for heroin addiction when he was sentenced for a harassment conviction.

    Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson had fined Mr. Slade $25 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction and an additional $25 and a $125 surcharge for a second-degree harassment conviction. He was also ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit a sample of his DNA to the state database.

    Mr. Slade said his arrest might have saved his life since it led to his treatment for heroin addiction.

    Village police charged Slade and Hannah L. Hayden, then 22, of 69 Beach St., Massena, following an investigation into an incident that occurred at 10 p.m. Feb. 5, 2014.

    Slade reportedly grabbed Perry Hayden and threw him to the ground after he came to the defense of his wife, Bobbie, who had been arguing with the couple. Court documents indicate the elder Ms. Hayden enraged the couple when she expressed concern that they didn’t have enough formula for their 1-year-old baby.

    March 16, 2015



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