CANTON — Two Ogdensburg men pleaded not guilty Monday in St. Lawrence County Court to the February attempted murder of a Brooklyn man in a Caroline Street home invasion and shooting.
Dylan A. Arquitt, 27, of 223 Gate St., and Ronald B. Redmond III, 26, of 822 Congress St., both now held in the St. Lawrence County jail, are each charged with a count of second-degree attempted murder; two counts of first-degree burglary; three counts of first-degree assault; two counts of first-degree attempted robbery; and one count of second-degree assault.
Arquitt was additionally charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder.
The indictment charges that on Feb. 3 at 921 Caroline St., Ogdensburg, Arquitt under the two counts of first-degree attempted murder, attempted to cause the death of Charlie Watford while in the course of committing the crime of first-degree burglary and Mr. Watford was not a participant in the crime.
Under the remaining counts where Arquitt and Redmond are co-defendants, at the same time, date and place, attempted to cause Mr. Watford’s death, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in the dwelling of Brandon Dority with the intent to commit a crime or crimes, and while in the dwelling, attempted to forcibly steal property from Mr. Watford and used or threatened the immediate use of a deadly weapon, specifically a rifle, causing physical injury to Mr. Watford with the rifle who was not a participant in the crime.
The long gun alleged to have been possessed by the intruders and used in the incident was recovered by police elsewhere in the city, according to Ogdensburg City Police at the time of the crime.
According to the initial police report, it was just before noon on Feb. 3, when two masked men allegedly stormed into a home at 921 Caroline St. and shot a person in an upstairs room.
Ogdensburg police said patrols responded to the location and discovered multiple individuals in the residence, one of whom was suffering from a single gunshot wound, was transported to Canton-Potsdam Hospital by Ogdensburg Rescue, was treated and later released.
Ogdensburg police said uninvolved witnesses were able to provide a description of the vehicle used by Arquitt and Redmond, and as a result authorities were able to locate the suspect vehicle and identify and locate two men alleged to have been involved in the shooting.
Charlie Watford, 34, Brooklyn, is charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and second-degree criminal impersonation, a class A misdemeanor. Police said he provided multiple false names and was in possession of a loaded firearm despite having been convicted of a previous felony.
District Attorney Gary M. Pasqua said that case will be handled by a special prosecutor because he is the alleged victim of Redmond and Arquitt.
Redmond was returned to St. Lawrence County jail without bail and is being also being held on unrelated charges of felony third-degree unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine and the misdemeanors of two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and obstructing firefighting operations in connection with a June 11 arrest. He also has an warrant for his arrest issued out of Florida, his attorney, Denice M. Smith, Massena, said.
Arquitt had his $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bond reduced to $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond and he was returned to St. Lawrence County jail.