Phoenixville Police made a second arrest related to an armed home invasion that went awry last week, the department is reporting.
Courtland Ramon Cuascut, 37, of Phoenixville, was arraigned on February 14 for his alleged role in the February 7 robbery of a family on the 200 block of Bridge Street. The first of the four men who allegedly carried out the crime, Linden Charles Hornung, 18, was arrested on February 8.
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According to court documents, on February 7 sometime before 7:03 p.m., four men assaulted a Phoenixville man and his companion outside his 200 Bridge Street apartment.
The attackers, all black males, had their hoods pulled up, obscuring their faces, and one of the men brandished what appeared to be a revolver. While the man with the gun threatened the two, a second attacker punched the resident in the face. The assailants then forced the two into the apartment, at gunpoint, where four of the victim’s friends—including his nine-month-old infant—were waiting.
Once the assailants were inside, they punched a third victim in the face, then held all six people at gunpoint while they ransacked the apartment. During this time, the gunman pointed the revolver at the infant and threatened to shoot the child, adding that he would throw the baby out of the window if the terrified group didn’t hand over whatever cash they had. Ultimately, the assailants made away with almost $2,000.
The burglars’ success was short lived. At some point during the robbery, one of the victims realized the revolver was, in fact, just a BB gun, and the group then attacked their attackers. During the ensuing struggle, three of the burglars ran out of the apartment, while the fourth escaped only after the victims removed his boots and struck him in the head with the but of his pellet gun.
Hornung, the alleged gunman, was arrested on February 8 after one of the victims told police they recognized him. Another of the victims later recognized Cuascut.
Courtland Ramon Cuascut was charged with felony counts of robbery, conspiracy to commit robbery, aggravated assault, and 28 additional misdemeanors related to the incident. He faces preliminary hearing on February 24.