Nova Scotia fugitive nabbed in region
GREENSTONE, Ont.—A 47-year-old man wanted in an alleged confinement of a 16-year-old boy in Nova Scotia has been arrested in Northern Ontario, police said today.
The OPP said David James Leblanc was arrested yesterday evening on a road in Greenstone, about 250 km northeast of Thunder Bay.
Pettigrew said someone saw a man wandering along the road with no shoes and in light clothing.
“He appeared to be having the effects of being in the elements, not dressed for the conditions, suffering somewhat from exposure,” Pettigrew noted today, adding that the temperature was hovering around the freezing mark.
Leblanc was to make a court appearance in Thunder Bay later today for a bail hearing via video from the Greenstone detachment, police said.
Nova Scotia RCMP Sgt. Alain LeBlanc said they’re working with Ontario police on bringing the accused back to Nova Scotia.
“We’re hoping that this is going to happen this week,” said LeBlanc.
Police also are looking for 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, who they said could be headed to Calgary in a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Nova Scotia license plate FBP 233.
Both men face charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault.
The RCMP in Nova Scotia began an investigation last week after a woman reported that a teenager arrived at her doorstep in the Lunenburg County community of Upper Chelsea, about 130 km southwest of Halifax.
The woman said the boy was chained at his wrists and ankles.
In documents filed last week with the provincial court in Bridgewater, N.S., RCMP Cst. Timothy Cole said a 16-year-old boy told them he was sleeping on the streets of Halifax last month when he woke up in a van and was taken to a home.
Cole said two men held the boy against his will, sexually assaulted him over several days, and talked about trying to sell him.
The RCMP said the boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.