Rape, aggravated burglary suspect charged

DNA, fingerprint links defendant, Crown alleges

A 22-year-old man was charged Thursday with rape and aggravated burglary in connection with an attack in West Bay last week. 

Andre Antonio Chase, who was arrested Tuesday following a lengthy police chase, appeared in Summary Court. The magistrate transmitted his case to Grand Court, where Chase will have a right to a jury trial. 

Defense attorney Alice Carver agreed to a mention date on Aug. 7. 

Aggravated burglary is defined as trespassing with intent to commit an offense and possessing a weapon. 

Crown counsel Scott Wainwright said the intruder in this case had a piece of rope and a knife. 

He told Magistrate Valdis Foldats that police had DNA and fingerprint evidence linking Chase to the incident, which happened on Thursday, July 23. 

Chase was arrested five days later, following a pursuit that included a police helicopter, Mr. Wainwright said. 

He added that Chase, when interviewed, answered no comment to a majority of the questions but specifically denied the offenses, saying he was home at the time. 

Ms. Carver did not make a bail application. 

Chase is also charged with the burglary of a West Bay residence on July 4 in which shoes and baseball caps were stolen.  

He also faces charges involving damage to property and theft related to an incident at the West Bay Police Station on July 18. These two files are still in Summary Court, so Chase will appear there via video link on Aug. 4.