09/27/2012 09:37 EDT | Updated 11/27/2012 05:12 EST

Suspects in alleged confinement in Nova Scotia spoke of selling boy: documents

LUNENBURG, N.S. - A 16-year-old boy was sleeping on the streets of Halifax when he awoke to find himself in a van and was taken to a home where two men kept him captive and sexually assaulted him earlier this month, the RCMP say in court documents.

In a document filed this week with the provincial court in Bridgewater, N.S., RCMP Const. Timothy Cole said the Mounties began their investigation after a woman reported Monday evening that a teenager who was chained at his ankles and wrists knocked on her door.

"There was a young male on her step with chains around his ankles and his wrists and no clothes except a coat and hat," Cole says in the document, which called for an arrest warrant for two suspects in the case.

"This 16-year-old male was later located by police and advised that he had been sleeping on the street in Halifax area and woke up in a van with a man and was taken to a residence, which turned out to be in Lunenburg County."

Cole says two men held the boy against his will and sexually assaulted him over several days.

"The 16-year-old said the two men were talking about trying to sell him. The two men left the residence and the 16-year-old male was able to escape."

Police are appealing for the public's help in finding two suspects wanted in the case. RCMP Sgt. Alain Leblanc said they are believed to be in Ontario travelling in a grey 2003 Hyundai Elantra with a Nova Scotia licence plate of FBP 233.

The accused, David James Leblanc, 47, and 31-year-old Wayne Alan Cunningham, faces charges of forcible confinement and sexual assault.

The RCMP said the boy was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and is safe.