Sunday, June 08, 2014

Quebec sees second jailbreak involving helicopter

MONTREAL — Three inmates have escaped from a detention center in Quebec City with the help of a helicopter, police said late Saturday.

It's the second helicopter-aided inmate escape in Quebec province in two years.

Provincial police said the helicopter headed west from the Orsainville Detention Center after the escape.

Police identified the inmates on Twitter as Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre and Serge Pomerleau and told anyone who sees them to not approach them and immediately contact police.

In March of last year, a helicopter pilot was forced at gunpoint to pluck two inmates from the St-Jerome prison on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Police caught the two escapees and the two suspects who hijacked the helicopter within a few hours of the escape.


Police say three inmates broke out of a Quebec City prison Saturday. 

The three being sought are: Yves Denis, 25; Denis Lefebvre, 53; and Serge Pomerleau, 49.

The men are alleged to have broken out of the Orsainville detention centre.

Police are saying a helicopter may have been used in the escape, which authorities were alerted to around 7:45 p.m..

The public is urged to call 911 if they believe they have spotted any of the men but not to approach them.

Pomerleau is the alleged mastermind of a narcotics network that was dismantled during a 2010 police operation called Project Crayfish. Lefebvre and Denis are also believed to part of the network.

The three face charges of conspiracy and drug trafficking, among others. Their trial is scheduled to being in September, with a pre-trial conference scheduled for June 17.

All three are also awaiting trial on murder charges in connection with the death of Johnny Coutu in 2009.


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