TORONTO, Ont. – Several Toronto Police cruisers were staked out around Mayor Rob Ford’s Etobicoke home, Wednesday, and a 45-year-old Toronto man is under arrest.
Police told CityNews, Scott MacIntyre has been charged with two counts of threatening death, forcible entry and possession of heroin and cocaine.
There have been reports that MacIntyre is the ex-boyfriend of Ford’s sister Kathy. Police have yet to confirm a connection between the man arrested and the Mayor.
The cruisers arrived on the scene around 8:30 a.m., after officers were called to nearby Clay Court for a suspicious vehicle, but they soon after visited the mayor’s house on Edenbridge Drive.
Investigators from 22 Division said little about what took place, labeling it a “death threat investigation”.
Speaking briefly to reporters, brother and city councilor Doug Ford called it a security breach.
“I’m more concerned about his safety than he is. It goes with the job, no matter if it’s the Mayor of Toronto, the Mayor of New York, or the Mayor of Calgary” he said.
“I told Rob the other day there’s a lot of crazies out there. In my opinion, the mayor of the future, of the present, or of the past – they should have a security detail.”
He said a security detail is available for the mayor if he wants, but Rob has always refused one.
“I guess Rob’s always worried about taking a police officer off the streets but it wouldn’t be the case. They do have a VIP area that is set up for this.”
The Mayor is downplaying the incident, despite this being the third death threat he has received since his term began.
“My kids are alright, everyone’s alright. You have to take care of your family first so that’s pretty well what I said and he took off and that was it.” he told 680News.
“I don’t want to get into too many details. It’s over and done with.”
A young man driving a red Camaro with the license plate MBFORD showed up at the Mayor’s house in early afternoon hours, but refused to speak to media, saying only that he was a relative.
Just before 3 p.m., Ford exited the home and told reporters he had an “unwanted visitor” this morning, but he was not the one who called police, nor was he worried about his safety. He then drove off in his grey minivan, headed for City Hall.
Police presence has eased in the neighbourhood, with only two or three vehicles parked on neighbouring streets.
McIntyre was arrested Wednesday in Mississauga.
The following is a statement from the Office of the Mayor
Today there was a security incident involving a threat to the Mayor and his family. They were not harmed. Toronto Police Service responded to the incident and the situation has been resolved. We understand an arrest has been made.
It is our standard practice not to comment in detail on security matters and we plan to make no further statement.