Windsor men charged in connection to robbery

Nancy Kelly
Published on July 25, 2012
Hants Journal

Two Windsor men are now facing charges of kidnapping, theft and extortion after being arrested by RCMP July 21.

Brian Stanley Knowles, 36, of Windsor, formerly of Three Mile Plains, appeared in Kentville provincial court July 23 with 19 year-old Leslie Burton Gray, also of Windsor, on charges of theft and kidnapping a Windsor resident with the intent to confine him against his will and forcing him to drive to Halifax with the intent to obtain firearms.

Police were alerted to a robbery on Cottage Street in Windsor on the evening of July 21. A 23-year-old man alleged he was assaulted by three suspects who took his car keys and cash and held him against his will, forcing him to drive them to Halifax, allegedly to purchase firearms. The victim managed to dial 911 and police were able to track the vehicle to Highway 101 where the RCMP stopped the vehicle and made the arrests.

A 17 year-old youth was also apprehended with Gray and Knowles at the scene and spent the weekend in custody at the Nova Scotia Youth Detention Centre in Waterville. Gray and Knowles were remanded to the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility after their arrest.

At their July 23 court appearance, Gray was granted bail on an undertaking that includes no contact with the victim and disallows possession of any firearms or prohibited or restricted weapons. He was ordered to return to court July 31 to enter a plea to the charges.

Knowles, also charged with three counts of failing to comply with the conditions of an undertaking, was denied bail and returned to custody until his next court appearance. He will be back in court July 30 for a show-cause hearing.