RCMP/HRP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division has arrested a man following an attempted abduction and hit and run in Cole Harbour.
Yesterday, at approximately 3:20 p.m. Halifax District RCMP, with assistance from Halifax Regional Police, responded to a hit and run on Shrewsbury Rd. in Cole Harbour. RCMP officers learned that a Good Samaritan was rendering assistance to a woman that was being held against her will in a Mercedes. The vehicle was located at a nearby residence and was occupied by a man known to the victim.
While the Good Samaritan intervened, they were knocked to the ground along with the woman that was being held against her will. The man then proceeded to intentionally strike the woman with the vehicle before fleeing the scene.
Two off-duty police officers, located at a nearby residence, ran to the scene and provided first aid to both women. The victim, a 30-year-old Dartmouth woman, suffered life threatening injuries and the Good Samaritan suffered non-life-threatening injuries. They were both transported to hospital by EHS.
At approximately 4 p.m., the Nova Scotia RCMP issued posts on social media advising the public to be on the lookout for a Mercedes C300 bearing a Nova Scotia licence plate GVM350. A dangerous person emergency alert followed, at approximately 5:45 p.m., with the name, a photo and descriptors of the man involved. The public was advised not to approach the vehicle and to call 9-1-1 if seen.
At approximately 6 p.m., RCMP officers safely arrested the 33-year-old Cole Harbour man who was on foot near Hwy. 7 and Lake Major Rd. in Westphal.
A collision reconstructionist attended the scene. Shrewsbury Rd. was closed several hours but has since reopened.
The 30-year-old Dartmouth woman later succumbed to her injuries. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, loved ones and community, at this difficult time.
The vehicle has since been located. The investigation continues and is led by Homicide Investigations in the Special Investigations Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division and is being assisted by the Nova Scotia Medical Examiner Service, RCMP Forensic Identification Services and Halifax District RCMP.
The 33-year-old Cole Harbour man, was held in custody and will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court tomorrow to face charges that include First Degree Murder, Assault with a Weapon, and Failure to Comply with a Release Order (four counts).