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SOUTH KINGSTOWN â€“ The four suspects charged with the burglary, robbery and conspiracy of a South Kingstown home and resident on Feb. 4 were indicted Wednesday.
The Washington County Grand Jury handed up an indictment charging Brandon Kluth, 20, of 16 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Stefon Jenkins, 20, of 18 John Chafee Blvd., Newport, Brittney Flesia, 19, of 18 Barnacle Drive, South Kingstown, and Jaylon Butler, 19, of 201 Rogers Lane, Middletown, each with one count of burglary, first degree robbery and conspiracy. Kluth, Butler, and Jenkins were also charged with one count each of assault with a dangerous weapon.
The charges stem from an alleged incident on Feb. 4, in which the four defendants are accused of conspiring to rob Derek Benoit, 25, at his home at 44 Kingâ€™s Ridge Road in South Kingstown.
According to police reports, on Feb. 4, the victim stated that three unknown men dressed in white hoodies and bandannas came into his house and assaulted him with a baseball bat, looking for money. The three men, allegedly Kluth, Jenkins and Butler demanded money, which the victim did not provide. Kluth had threatened the victim with a black .40 semi-auto hand gun and Jenkins and Butler threatened the victim with baseball bats. Although they did not take any money, the burglars did take a Verizon Droid cell phone, valued at $500.
After the four men invaded the Kingâ€™s Ridge Road home, police found that the victim had invited Flesia over to purchase marijuana. According to reports, Flesia had contacted the victim of the home invasionâ€™s house guest through text message, requesting to make a purchase of marijuana. The guest, Vanessa Salvatore invited Flesia over the Kingâ€™s Road home. When Flesia arrived at the home and was let in, Salvatore locked the door behind them, but Flesia unlocked it to let three other conspirators in.
Kluth, Butler, Flesia and Jenkins will be arraigned in Washington County Superior Court on June 13. To note, an indictment is only an allegation.
Kluth is currently being held without bail in violation of his probation. Butler was released on $25,000 bail with surety, Flesia was released on $1,000 bail with surety, and Jenkins was released on $25,000 bail with surety.