Traffic stop leads to arrest of Massena man who allegedly broke into home, tried to force residents to buy drugs
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 5:34 pm

By ANDY GARDNER

MASSENA -- A traffic stop on Monday led to the capture of a suspect wanted for breaking into a home last fall and trying to force the residents to buy drugs.

Massena Village Police stopped Brandon R. Graves, 21, of 77 Ober St. while he was driving on Haskell Street and discovered he is a wanted man, accused of breaking into the home of Jacob Mitchell on Sept. 4, 2012, police said.

Graves is being held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton, in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond on charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, unregistered motor vehicle, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

According to sworn statements from Mitchell and Travis R. Casselman, Graves barged into the 41 Belmont St. residence and demanded the pair buy drugs from him, police said. When he refused, he attacked Mitchell and fled, but not before snatching Casselman’s cell phone and trying to make off with Mitchell’s Xbox video game console, police said.

When police took Graves into custody on Monday, he was allegedly in possession of a hypodermic needle.