A Brandon man has been convicted of a bizarre and frightening home invasion in which he sprayed a woman in the face with a fire extinguisher and pursued her while armed with knives.
Vincent Franklin Young, 36, stood trial in Brandon Court of Queen’s Bench in October before Justice Robert Cummings.
Cummings convicted him of a number of charges in a recently delivered written decision, and on Thursday he ordered a pre-sentence report.
The judge outlined the following evidence in his written decision.
Shortly before 5 a.m. on May 31, 2011, a university student who lived in an apartment on the 300-block of Sixth Street was awoken to a sound from her kitchen.
There, she found a strange man sitting at the table with a fire extinguisher in his hands. The man then sprayed the fire extinguisher in the woman’s face.
Yelling at the man to get out, she retrieved her glasses from her bedroom, then returned to the kitchen to confront the intruder.
The man reacted by grabbing a pair of knives and followed the woman as she retreated down the hall.
The resident’s son emerged from a bedroom, and his mom yelled at him to get back in his room and lock the door.
When she tried to grab her cellphone, the man swiped the blades against each other as if sharpening them.
Somehow, the woman managed to push the intruder out of the suite and dialed 911.
Less than 30 minutes later, a suspect believed to be the same man smashed a window at a home a couple of blocks away.
Young was quickly arrested by police nearby and he matched a description supplied by the resident whose window was damaged.
That witness, and the woman who was confronted in her home, both later picked Young out of a photo lineup.
The woman also recognized Young when she happened to see him in the street about seven weeks later.
Cummings convicted Young of break, enter and assault for the incident at the woman’s apartment.
He was also convicted of breach of probation for consuming alcohol, drugs or intoxicants and of possession of the knives for a dangerous purpose.
Young is currently out of custody as he awaits a sentencing date.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition February 9, 2013