FORT KENT — A Baker Lake, New Brunswick, man who allegedly terrorized 17 Fort Kent area teen-agers in the Quebec Province in October is free on $10,000 bail until a preliminary hearing next March.
Andre Levasseur, 45, was arrested and charged by the Quebec Provincial Police shortly after the Oct. 29 incident that occurred in a gravel pit at St. Jean de la Lande, Quebec, along the Quebec-New Brunswick border.
Levasseur is charged with extortion, two counts of robbery, armed assault and kidnapping. He has pleaded not guilty and was released on $10,000 surety bail until a preliminary hearing at the Palais de Justice at Riviere du Loup, Quebec, on March 27, 1995.
Cpl. Denis Mercier, the Quebec Provincial Police officer in charge of the investigation, said Levasseur was charged Nov. 3 in the incident that happened the previous weekend on Oct. 29.
In the meantime, Levasseur has several conditions of bail. He has to report to the QPP every 15 days, make no contact with the 17 individuals involved in the case, and have no firearms in his possession.
On Oct. 29, 17 youths ages 13 to 19, all from the Fort Kent area, were terrorized for more than three hours beginning at about 8 p.m. on a Saturday. An armed man allegedly took $70 from the youngsters, took their beer, had them clean a gravel pit of trash, struck two of their cars with his pickup truck and damaged other vehicles with his firearm.
The gravel pit and other nearby areas are known beer-drinking and party hangouts for American youths. “The Pit,” as they call it, is about 15 miles from Fort Kent on Canadian Route 120, also known as Route 50.
On Oct. 29, according to the QPP, some of the youths were drinking soda and eating potato chips while talking with friends.
When the youths were ready to leave, a Canadian man, who was accompanied by his wife and two children, blocked the driveway. When one car of youths attempted to leave, the man struck the windshield and showed his gun, which he claimed was a .38 caliber. They later found out it was a pellet gun.
The youths were held at gunpoint, relieved of the $70 they had amongst themselves, their licenses, and made to clean trash left at the pit by other people. The man also allegedly pushed one or more people and grabbed one youth by the neck, although no one was injured. Police said many were scared. The man then had the youths follow him to his house in neighboring Baker Lake, New Brunswick, and held them there at gunpoint.
At the Baker Lake house, the man had the youths park their cars close to each other. When one youngster did not park his car as instructed, Levasseur allegedly rammed the cars with his pickup, damaging three cars for nearly $6,000 damage.
One youth got away and called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The police went to Levasseur’s home. Constable J.R. Taillefer of the RCMP, the New Brunswick investigator in the incident, said charges have not yet been made in New Brunswick. The RCMP told the QPP about the incident in that province.
Edmundston, New Brunswick, Crown Prosecutor Leslie Wilbur said the investigative report was under advisement, and charges in Quebec are being examined so as not to duplicate charges.
Police said that Levasseur’s home in Baker Lake was damaged during the summer and he was “convinced” it was done by American youths. He claimed, at different times, that damage amounting to between $1,000 and $10,000 was done to his home.
One youth involved in the incident said the man at the gravel pit accused them of breaking windows at his house. The youth also said the man’s wife and children tried to stop him several times at the gravel pit.
Levasseur did not own the gravel pit where the youths were having the party, police said.