IAN HITCHEN / BRANDON SUN
A police officer walks down the steps of the Welcome Inn home for people with psychiatric disabilities, where a man's body was found in late August.
City police have made a second arrest in relation to the suspicious death at the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse in August.
Steven Jordan Codie Cook, 21, of Indian Birch First Nation, surrendered to police on Saturday afternoon after a warrant was issued on Friday for his arrest.
He was sent to the Brandon Correctional Centre and was scheduled to appear in court yesterday.
Cook’s surrender came just one day after the first arrest of an unnamed 18-year-old made on Friday, and police say the two both face charges of robbery with violence, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon.
Emergency crews were called to the home at the corner of Louise Avenue and 11th Street on the morning of Aug. 28 where the body of Aaron Daniel Jardine, 31, was found in a second-floor suite. The death was characterized as "suspicious."
Dan Jardine, Aaron’s father, said he was a "kind-hearted" introvert suffering from schizophrenia.
Dan said his "caring" son was law-abiding, voracious reader and was taking occasional courses at Brandon University pertaining to religion, something that helped him feed his thirst for spiritual knowledge.
"It’s been a terrible time, filled with anguish," Dan said in a soft voice while speaking with the Sun.
As a well-known social worker in Brandon, Dan said he and his son had a very unique and close relationship and Arron was very open and honest with this struggles and his triumphs brought on by his mental health.
"It’s hard to know how we’re feeling now ... it’s minute by minute," he said.
During his elementary school years, Aaron excelled in running and soccer. He participated in the 4-H Club at Brookdale, where he chose hands-on opportunities such as carpentry and auto mechanics.
According to acting Staff Sgt. Dallas Lockhart of the Brandon Police Service, homicide has not been ruled out as details surrounding the case slowly emerge, however, police remain tight-lipped.
"We won't comment any further because … we don’t want to compromise the integrity of (the investigation)," Lockhart told the Sun on Sunday.
An autopsy was done the day after the body was found, however, it appears to have been inconclusive as police said at the time they were awaiting the results of further lab tests. It could take weeks for those results to arrive, police said previously.
However, it appears Jardine was assaulted and robbed at some point and it’s believed two days had passed before the body was discovered.
In addition to the two men arrested, police are still on the hunt for a possible third suspect, but they have not specified who it is, or the charges he or she may face.
According to Brandon Homelessness, the Welcome Clubhouse is a non-profit housing co-op that offers 14 apartment rentals to people living with psychiatric disabilities and is also the base for the Grey Owl Extended Program, which offers drop-in and extended programming for people with psychiatric or developmental health issues.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 9, 2013