Nova Scotia

Security guards foil 2nd Halifax abduction attempt

A security guard says his team was lying in wait when they captured a man who allegedly tried for the second time in a week to abduct a wealthy Halifax businessman.

Suspect was dressed ready for combat and carrying imitation AK-47

A security guard says his team was lying in wait when they captured a man who allegedly tried for the second time in a week to abduct a wealthy Halifax businessman.

Kent MacDonald, the owner of Shadow Security, told CBC News that the masked suspect was dressed as though ready for combat when he was apprehended by a team of three security guards on Monday.

MacDonald said the team was hired by Brad Langille after a masked gunman tried to force him from his luxurious Oakland Road home in Halifax's Northwest Arm last week. Langille was able to get the suspect out of his house and call the police.

Shadow Security reviewed footage from that incident and MacDonald said he thought the man might come back, though he wouldn't say why.

"He definitely presented a very, very large threat due to everything, from his behaviour to his attire to the weapons that he had," MacDonald said Wednesday.

"He posed a very large threat."

On Monday morning at approximately 10 a.m. — the same time as the first botched kidnapping nearly a week earlier at Langille's home — the intruder came face to face with Langille's new private security detail.

MacDonald said the man was dressed like he was ready for battle.

"I think the attire was more to instil fear and intimidate, to have that tactical look," he said.

MacDonald said it seemed as though the man was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle. As it turned out, it was an imitation.

Kent MacDonald was the lead on the security team hired by Brad Langille after a masked gunman tried to force him from his luxurious Oakland Road home in Halifax's Northwest Arm last week. (CBC)

"You kind of only have a split second to determine things like that," said MacDonald.

"It's a lucky thing our guys are experienced and well-trained as they are for us to have been to able to neutralize the threat as quickly as we did. It definitely made for an interesting day."

MacDonald said there was an intense scuffle as his security team took the suspect down.

"He was lucky that he was able to be handled without incident in order to not just ensure the safety of the family, but ensure his well-being so he can go to court and let the system do its job," he said.

Aaron Patrick MacDonald, of Dartmouth, has been charged with:

  • Kidnapping.
  • Breaking and entering.
  • Two counts each of disguise with intent, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and using an imitation of a firearm in the commission of an offence.

He has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric test to determine whether he's fit to stand trial, and is due back in Halifax provincial court on Nov. 22.

Halifax Regional Police believe the same person is behind both abduction attempts.

'Some of the behaviours were odd'

While heading back to the scene of the original crime in less than a week is unusual, Kent MacDonald said it was no surprise to the security team.

"I can't go into a lot of detail," said MacDonald.

"It's just, some of the behaviours were odd, for sure."

MacDonald said his security team is still with the Langille family and they'll continue to be at the house as long as there's a need.

Langille is 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.