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Suspect in airport abduction to undergo psychological evaluation

A man accused of abducting a woman at Halifax Stanfield InternationalAirport and forcing her to drive him dozens of kilometres away wasordered Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

A man accused of abducting a woman at Halifax Stanfield International Airport and forcing her to drive him dozens of kilometres away was ordered Friday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Ross Nelson Garland of the Halifax area stared at the floor and sat motionless during a court appearance, where he was arraigned on charges of robbery, forcible confinement and possession of a weapon.

The Crown said Garland, who was wearing a blue windbreaker and baggy blue jeans, should be sent for a mental fitness and criminal responsibility assessment at the East Coast Forensic Hospital before returning to court Oct. 16.

Garland, 50, was arrested without incident in Moncton, N.B., on Thursday evening after tips came in and police spotted him on a city street.

RCMP spokesman Cpl. Joe Taplin said he was apprehended after allegedly crossing the Nova Scotia border, adding that police found a maroon Chrysler Intrepid owned by the woman in Hilden, N.S.

“(It's alleged) he forced the 41-year-old victim to drive to Truro and withdraw money from her accounts,” Taplin said.

The woman told police she was approached by a man in the airport's parkade around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

 
 
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