Man charged with home invasion to remain in jail

One of the two men accused in a violent home invasion in Red Deer earlier this year will stay in jail for now, awaiting a preliminary hearing set for next spring.

One of the two men accused in a violent home invasion in Red Deer earlier this year will stay in jail for now, awaiting a preliminary hearing set for next spring.

Jason Eljas Holkko, 25, was arrested on April 2 in connection with a home invasion and robbery at a home in the Kentwood subdivision at about 1:30 a.m. on March 6.

Police allege that two masked and armed men entered the house looking for someone who was not there. The suspects beat and bound the five people who were in the house and then robbed them of a variety of belongings, including a pickup truck.

Three of the victims were taken to hospital to be treated for injuries.

Police allege that Holkko, a resident of B.C., was identified by DNA evidence found in the pickup truck, which was abandoned in a rural area outside of Red Deer.

Holkko was denied bail on July 3 and will remain in custody pending a preliminary hearing, scheduled for May 1, 2013.

A preliminary hearing is held to determine whether the case will proceed to trial.

The second suspect has not been identified or charged.

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