Halifax couple ‘in shock’ over home invasion by masked men

Haley Ryan jhoegg@kingscountynews.ca
Published on March 7, 2014

Sasha Baronovsky and Vanessa Richard pose for a photo by the door of their apartment March 6 in Halifax.               

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A Halifax resident who fought off two intruders armed with tasers says he’s baffled and disturbed by the attack.

“Even if I could get these people in a room and ask them what … is their problem, that would make me feel better,” said Sasha Baronovsky, 25, on Thursday. “Even if it was, ‘We thought you was this drug dealer,’ I want to … know what’s going on here.”

Baronovsky returned to his Moran Street apartment around 11 p.m. Wednesday and left the door unlocked while handing coffee to Vanessa Richard, who he shares the apartment with.

A few minutes later, they heard the outer door to the apartment open.

Baronovsky opened the inner door to find two masked men who started shocking him with small tasers.

“I think the creepiest part was the silence. They didn’t say anything,” said Baronovsky.

The tasers were weak, and an enraged Baronovsky fought back, repelling the pair into the entryway.

“If (Vanessa) and the cats wouldn’t have been here … I probably would have tried to talk to them,” he said. “But it was her and the cats behind me, you guys are in front of me, and it’s going to stay that way.”

Baronovsky kept swinging – and connecting – until the hapless pair gave up, taking off in a waiting silver car.

Richard, meanwhile, ran the couple’s three cats out of harm’s way and returned to help – only to find the dust already settling.

“My brain was going insane, because I was going, ‘Is he getting stabbed, do they have guns,’” she said. “By the time I come back to the door, Sasha has them both out of the house. And I’m like, what happened?”

The intruders were carrying backpacks, and Baronovsky said he believes they expected to find drugs in the apartment.

“We’re quiet people, we don’t look for trouble,” said Richard, adding she wants to find a new home, pronto. “Are they going to come back because he beat the crap out of one of them?”

The pair called police, but Baronovsky believes a “ghost” unit was already on the street, and missed the entire event.

A Halifax police spokesperson said there was no indication of any unmarked units in the area at the time of the assault.

“If there would have been a unit there, all our officers can be radioed,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages. “They would have known what was going on. They would have helped.”