Boyfriend of Toronto mayor's sister accused of making threats

Toronto police have arrested the longtime boyfriend of Mayor Rob Ford's sister, and charged him with threatening the politician's life.

Scott MacIntyre allegedly threatened to kill Rob Ford

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been the subject of death threats in the past. The latest allegedly occurred Wednesday. (CBC)

The man taken into custody by Toronto police after allegedly threatening to kill Mayor Rob Ford is the longtime boyfriend of the mayor's sister, Kathy Ford.

Scott MacIntyre, 45, of Mississauga, was arrested on Wednesday afternoon, about six hours after police were called to the mayor's home to deal with a report of a suspicious person. The 911 call came from one of the mayor's neighbours.

MacIntyre has been charged with two counts of threatening death, forcible entry, possession of heroin and possession of cocaine, police said.

The mayor's office would only say there was a "security breach," and the mayor himself told reporters he was subjected to an "unwelcome visitor, put it that way" at about 8:30 a.m.

"I'm all right, my kids are all right," Ford said outside his house.

Ford gave reporters no indication that he knew the intruder.

Toronto police spokesman Const. Tony Vella said officers responded to a call at the mayor's private residence in Etobicoke.

Vella called it a "suspicious incident" and "a threatening" incident.

A tweet from Toronto police on Wednesday afternoon confirmed a man had been apprehended.

"One in custody: Male being investigated in relation to threatening call earlier today originating from Etobicoke," the tweet said.

MacIntyre was arrested in 2005 after Kathy Ford was shot in the face at her parents' home in Etobicoke.

He faced numerous charges, but they were later withdrawn.

Some media reports said MacIntyre has spent time in jail for assault and drug trafficking convictions.

In 1998, Kathy Ford's ex-husband, Ennio Stirpe, shot and killed her boyfriend Michael Kiklas. Stirpe was sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Other threats against Toronto mayor

In the past year Toronto police have arrested at least two other people who made death threats against Ford.

In August, the mayor's former press secretary, Adrienne Batra, told reporters: "There have been other threats made [against the mayor] and Toronto Police Service and corporate security are dealing with those in the appropriate manner."

The mayor's office said it will not comment further on Wednesday's incident.