Sydney man remanded in connection with Mayflower Mall weapon incident

Staff ~ The Cape Breton Post
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SYDNEY —A 35-year-old Sydney man has been remanded pending the outcome of a bail hearing Friday on charges stemming from a brief lockdown of the Mayflower Mall.

The Mayflower Mall in Sydney was under lockdown for about two hours Tuesday morning, after a report of a man being seen outside it with aa handgun. A suspect was later arrested on Charlotte Street.

Jonathan James Linders, of no fixed address, is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, a BB gun, and two counts of breaching court orders.

He made a brief provincial court appearance Wednesday and consented to be remanded pending Friday's bail hearing.

The Sydney mall, which is the largest in eastern Nova Scotia, was closed for about two hours Tuesday after Cape Breton Regional Police responded to a report of a man with a gun outside the facility.

The call was made to police shortly before stores inside the mall were due to open at 10 a.m.

Linders was arrested in downtown Sydney before noon on Tuesday.

Geographic location: Sydney, Eastern Nova Scotia

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