Bond denied for city men accused in home invasion

Posted: May 10, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Two city men who were allegedly involved in a targeted home invasion and evaded police for weeks were denied bond Thursday.

Hundel Ganthier, 34, and James Ganthier, 29, both of the 500 block of Smithfield Avenue, are each charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon, assault and battery, brandishing a firearm, robbery, grand larceny and using a firearm while committing a felony.

They appeared via video Thursday in Winchester General District Court and were denied bond.

The duo, who are related to one another, though it’s unclear how, are being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.

They turned themselves in at about 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Timbrook Public Safety Center in Winchester.

Both are expected back in court at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

The home invasion in which they were allegedly involved occurred at about 6 p.m. April 21 in the 600 block of Watson Avenue.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, the two men forced themselves into the victim’s aunt’s house and assaulted her.

She reported that one of the Ganthiers — whom she knew only as “Chris” — accused her of stealing from him and then grabbed her and started to pull her out of the home.

During the struggle the victim said “Chris” exposed a black handgun several times in his waistband and threatened to use it, the complaint states.

The men pulled the victim into the front yard of the residence, then allegedly struck her several times, according to the complaint.

“While doing so, they both made threats to harm her more if she did not return money they believed she stole,” the complaint states.

The men then allegedly took the victim’s cellphone and left the scene on bicycles, heading toward Smithfield Avenue.

According to court records, Hundel Ganthier has an extensive criminal history, including charges of breaking and entering, possession of cocaine, destruction of property and petty larceny.

James Ganthier has charges of possession of cocaine, malicious wounding and destruction of property on his record, court records indicate.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com