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Ontario police arrest suspect in alleged confinement of N.S. boy

Wayne Cunninhma and David Leblanc are shown in an RCMP handout photo. The RCMP in Nova Scotia's Lunenburg County say they're looking for the two men in relation to an alleged forcible confinement and sexual assault of a 16-year-old teen.


Police in northern Ontario have arrested one of two men accused of forcibly confining and sexually assaulting a teenager in Nova Scotia.

David James Leblanc was arrested Sunday evening in Longlac, several hours northeast of Thunder Bay, after police were called about a man "in distress." Arriving officers recognized him as one of the suspects sought in the case, according to a statement, and arrested the 47-year-old.

An acting Ontario Provincial Police spokeswoman could offer no details on the arrest.

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Wayne Cunningham, 31, remains at large and police believe he could be heading for Calgary. He was thought to be driving a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with the Nova Scotia licence plate FBP-233.

The alleged abuse came to light after a 16-year-old boy in Lunenburg County appeared on a stranger's doorstep and told a horrifying story. He said he escaped from a nearby house and walked more than a kilometre to find help. He was wearing only a shirt and hat and had chains wrapped around his wrists and ankles.

Mr. Leblanc was to appear in court Monday by video-link. RCMP in Nova Scotia said Monday they were working with the OPP to arrange transportation of Mr. Leblanc back to Nova Scotia. Additional charges against Leblanc are expected, they added.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly named one of the suspects as William Cunningham. The correct name is Wayne Cunningham. This version has been corrected.

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