Alleged ringleader of home invasion robbery, shooting denied bail

Alleged ringleader detained

The alleged ringleader of a home invasion robbery and shooting in Penticton last month has been denied bail, while his alleged accomplice will be released from custody for a second time.

Josef Pavlik, 38, will stay in prison until charges related to the Oct. 2 robbery and shooting are resolved. He’s charged with break and enter, armed robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering threats. 

Jesse Mason, 32, will be released to a Penticton motel room with a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew that will be electronically monitored. He’s also been ordered to avoid contact with the alleged victims and accomplices. Mason faces a single count of break and enter. 

Judge Michelle Daneliuk's reasons and contents of the bail hearing are covered by a routine publication ban.

However, alleged victims Michael Paseska and Sarah Edwards spoke with Castanet News the day after the robbery and shooting. 

The pair said they had been sleeping in bed when a group of masked men woke them up with a firearm and demanded valuables.

Paseska said Josef Pavlik struck him with the butt of the handgun, which was fired four to five times inside the bedroom. A bullet grazed Paseska’s face, leaving him with a minor wound.

RCMP said in a news release the men then fled to a home on Maple Street, where an hours-long standoff occurred. During the standoff, police could be heard calling for a "Jesse" repeatedly, urging him to come out. Both Mason and Pavlik were arrested at the home, police said.

This is Mason’s second attempt at bail. He was originally released on Oct. 22, but was arrested less than two days later for allegedly violating his curfew. 

Pavlik has a very lengthy criminal record, while Mason’s is less severe, according to online court records.

Both men are due back in court Dec. 4.

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