City police have arrested an 18-year-old man as a result of an investigation into a death at the Brandon Community Welcome Clubhouse.
The arrest was made Friday while police hunted for a second suspect — 21-year-old Steven Jordan Codie Cook of Indian Birch First Nation.
The two suspects face charges of robbery with violence, aggravated assault, forcible confinement and assault with a weapon. The charges involve an alleged altercation with the deceased, which is believed to have occurred within 48 hours of the discovery of the body.
One additional suspect is being sought and further charges are possible.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the home at the corner of Louise Avenue and 11th Street on the morning of Aug. 28.
The body of Aaron Daniel Jardine, 31, was found in a second-floor suite and the death was characterized as “suspicious.”
An autopsy was done the next day. However, it appears to have been inconclusive as police said they were awaiting the results of further lab tests. It could take weeks for those results to arrive, police said. Nevertheless, it appears Jardine was assaulted and robbed at some point.
The Brandon Homelessness website describes the clubhouse as a non-profit housing co-op that offers 14 apartment rentals to people living with psychiatric disabilities. It’s also the base for the Grey Owl Extended Program, which offers drop-in and extended programming for people with psychiatric or developmental health issues.
The investigation is ongoing with the Crown attorney’s office and the office of the chief medical examiner for the province. Police are not releasing further information, stating it may affect the status of the investigation.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 7, 2013