Man accused of kidnapping NY couple over drug debt denies involvement

Ah Man He testified today at the abduction trial of a couple smuggled into Quebec from upstate New York in September 2020 that he was never inside their home and never actually met them. .

Gary Arnold made his second day candidacy and told jurors that he did not know kidnapping victims Sandra and James Helm or their families and had never been to Magog, Que. where the couple were held in custody until released by the police.

Arnold, 54, faces seven charges, including kidnapping, false imprisonment, extortion and conspiracy, stemming from the Sept. 27 kidnapping of a couple in their 70s.

Crown claims the couple was used as leverage to recover missing drugs or $3.5 million in cash.

A Quebec police tactical unit released a couple from their cottage in Magog, southeast of Montreal, on Sept. 29, while a second tactical unit intercepted Arnold in a farmer’s field in southwest Quebec and seized his phone. .

Arnold, who was arrested two days later on October 1, 2020, told jurors that criminal gangs threatened his family and forced him into various jobs.

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