Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Gary Arnold faces music for kidnapping elderly US couple - update

The trial has begun at the Montreal courthouse for Gary Arnold of Hinchinbrooke, Que. He is facing seven charges including two counts each of kidnapping, illegal confinement and extortion in the kidnapping of an American couple in 2020. Arnold ferried the couple to Quebec via Akwesasne, a Mohawk reserve that straddles the Canada-U.S. border. Arnold’s cellphone was traced to the crime scene.

Michael Helm
Sandra and James Helm were abducted Sept. 27, 2020, smuggled by boat into Canada through the Akwesasne border and driven to a house in Magog. They were rescued by a Sûreté du Québec SWAT team two days later. The motive for the kidnapping was a failed drug transaction involving 50 kilograms of cocaine and the couple’s eldest grandson, Mackenzie Helm, 30. The kidnappers refused to believe Helm had been arrested and was in jail.