Another arrest expected in Ossipee break-in

by Tony on February 19, 2014

Police in Ossipee say they expect to make another arrest soon in connection with a reported home invasion on Jude Blvd. Feb. 7, 2014.

Detective Sgt. Bob King says around 7 p.m. that Friday, his department and officers from nearby towns responded to the home, where the the homeowner John Mason, had fired shots at two suspects.

After getting tips he was there, police arrested one of the suspects – identified as 31-year-old James Brooks of Ossipee – Friday at a house on Route 16B in Ossipee.

Police allege Brooks – who knows Mason – went into Mason’s home with an accomplice and a knife, intending to rob him.

King says Mason told Brooks he had to go to his room to get some money – and he instead returned with a handgun, firing shots at the two suspects but not hitting them – and the pair drove off.

Mason is not under investigation because police say he used the gun to defend himself.

Brooks – who King says has a lengthy history with his department – including charges for drugs and violence – faces new charges of burglary, armed robbery, trespass, threatening and reckless driving.

He’s being held without bail at the Carroll County Jail in Ossipee – and is scheduled for a probable cause hearing next week (Wed Feb. 26, 2014)

King says the break-in was not a random act and he doesn’t believe there’s any threat to the general public.