Guilty pleas in south-end Halifax abduction attempts
Aaron Patrick MacDonald charged in attempted abductions on Oakland Road
A 20-year-old Dartmouth man has pleaded guilty to several charges in relation to two dramatic abduction attempts in south-end Halifax more than a year ago.
Aaron Patrick MacDonald has pleaded guilty to two charges of breaking and entering, one charge of wearing a mask while committing an indictable offence and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He will be sentenced in Halifax provincial court next month.
The charges against MacDonald stem from two incidents in October 2012 at a home on Oakland Road in Halifax's south end.
Halifax Regional Police said on Oct. 16, 2012, a masked man broke into the house and tried to abduct the homeowner. The homeowner was able to get the suspect out of the house and call police.
Officers searched the neighbourhood but could not find a suspect.
Several days later, the homeowner's security team — who had been hired after the first incident — found a man inside the same home. He was carrying an imitation assault rifle. The guards subdued the suspect and called police.
MacDonald was responsible for both abduction attempts. He underwent psychiatric treatment and assessment after his arrest and was determined to be mentally fit to stand trial.
Several other charges relating to these incidents will be dealt with at his sentencing on Feb. 21.
At the time, the property where the incident occurred was registered to Brad Langille, the founder and former CEO of mining company Gammon Gold Inc. It began in Dartmouth and is now AuRico Gold Inc., one of the largest gold and silver producers in Mexico.