A manhunt is on after a 16 year old boy was captured, chained and held in a house for two weeks in Nova Scotia.
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BRIDGEWATER, NS - The homeless teen who police say escaped from a rural Nova Scotia home half-naked and bound in chains heard his captors talk about selling him, his rescuer says.
David James Leblanc, 47, and Wayne Alan Cunningham, 31, are at large and considered dangerous.
They're wanted on charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault after the 16-year-old boy was found begging for help Monday night in Upper Chelsea, about 125 km west of Halifax.
Terry Frauzel, a retired electronics specialist, says he freed the young man using his bolt cutters.
"He was in my yard wearing just a hoodie and a hat and he showed me the chains around his wrists and ankles and asked me to cut them - I will never get that image out of my mind, this poor boy was barefoot and his legs and arms were linked together but he managed to get away and get all the way to my house, he's such a fighter," Frauzel said.
The Frauzels live about 2 km from the rundown shack where police say the boy was held captive for two weeks. The teen managed to shuffle barefoot along the gravel road with his legs padlocked together.
"He said he had gotten away once before, but they caught him and then tightened his chains," Frauzel said.
Frauzel and his wife brought the teen into their home to calm him down and get him some clothes.
Frauzel said the boy begged the couple not to call police because he said his captors had threatened his family if he called the cops.
Frauzel drove the boy to a residence in Bridgewater. Police met the boy there before taking him to the local hospital and then on to Halifax.
Police say the boy is homeless and told them he was snatched off the street in Halifax. He said he woke up in a van outside of the city and was taken to a rural house.
Both suspects have criminal records. Leblanc currently faces charges of sexual assault against two little boys aged two and five. He's also charged with making child pornography.
Residents of Nova Scotia are demanding to know why he wasn't held in custody until his trial.
"It's appalling, this is why I am so concerned about the process we have in place to decide whether someone should be remanded or released back out into the community," Halifax's sexual assault centre spokeswoman Irene Smith told local talk radio News 95.7.
"It's our justice system that's the problem, changes need to be made," Frauzel said.
Police say the suspects are driving a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with Nova Scotia licence plate FBP 233,and a brown 2002 Chevrolet Venture van with Nova Scotia licence plate EZG 581.