In a bizarre report published Monday, the police department of the MRC des Collines-de-l'Outaouais details how a call regarding an alleged assault led them to discover an illegal gathering in the Quebec town of La Pêche and a story involving an alleged naked intruder.
It all began on the night of February 20, when, according to the police report, "officers were called to intervene at the home of a 34-year-old victim in a case of assault causing injuries" following "an altercation occurred at a nearby cottage."
At 1:40 a.m., on their way to the victim's home, police say they came across a car with five people inside who were "coming from a cottage nearby." Officers issued tickets to the passengers for violating curfew.
Later, after the victim was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police learned "that the victim had travelled by snowmobile to a nearby cottage and returned with injuries," the report reads.
"Due to the isolated location and the late hour, officers simply followed the tracks of the intercepted vehicle that led them to a cottage."
There, they say they found nine people between the ages of 19 and 23.
The officers then learned that that the victim allegedly "came to the cottage, without being invited and took off all his clothes in order to join the ladies who were in the [hot tub]."
Police claim there is a cellphone recording of this incident.
"Unfortunately," police say, "the plan did not work and the man was allegedly assaulted when he tried to get inside [the] house."
The report concludes with a summary of the fines police issued over the course of the evening: "5 fines to the people in the intercepted car (curfew), 9 fines to the people present in the cottage (gathering), 2 fines to the victim (curfew and disturbing the peace) and finally 1 fine to a lady who lied to the police regarding her identity."
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Originally built in 1947, the main house only has seven rooms, including two bedrooms, one bathroom and a powder room, so it's far from palatial, but it still packs a lot of splendour into a relatively small space.
A 911 call was placed at around 2:15 a.m. on December 10, alerting police officers to excessive noise coming from an apartment on rue Centre, near rue Charlevoix, said Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant.
Brabant told MTL Blog that when police officers arrived on the scene, they saw a group of people causing the disturbance in an apartment. Some of the individuals noticed the police officers outside through the window and started fleeing the scene, he said.
Officers were able to catch one individual who was attempting to flee. Upon searching him, police found a firearm on him, Brabant said.
The man was arrested and is expected to appear in court Friday afternoon in connection with possession of that firearm, said Brabant.
While police were searching the scene during the event, Brabant said police found a second firearm, which they seized, amounting to a total of two firearms seized over the course of the "operation, if you could call it that."
Brabant said the investigation is ongoing and police have been able to identify other people who were at the scene of the incident.
"So there's probably going to be other arrests or accusations later on," he said.
"At this point, we're still [doing] an investigation to see who was in that place and [to see] if we could identify and put accusations against other people that were inside that apartment."
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The Sûreté du Québec (SQ) has released new updates on its search for Jake Côté, the subject of a recent amber alert issued in Quebec and New Brunswick. The child's father, David Côté, 36, is suspected of abducting the 3-year-old boy.
"The discovery of the ATV used by David Côté and the ongoing investigation lead us to believe that the suspect could be looking for equipment to ensure his survival and facilitate his travels," the SQ said in a statement sent to MTL Blog on Thursday evening.
"The investigation shows that the individual has a thorough knowledge of the forest environment, that he has the ability to quickly organize himself for survival in the forest."
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It's possible the suspect moved on foot to chalets or outbuildings, like garages, sheds or barns, "in order to ensure his survival and that of his child," said the SQ's statement.
The SQ asks the public to notify them by calling 911 if they see any traces of breaks and enters or signs of missing or "displaced objects," such as tools or food, that Côté could be using to stay alive.
They also ask the public to contact them if they see anyone matching the physical description of David or Jake Côté or their clothing.
Since the SQ believes the suspect could be armed and that he could "act impulsively," it does not want the public's help searching and asks people not to venture into an area where they may be at risk.
The SQ plans to continue its ground and air search for the child and his father overnight.
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Police services in Sherbrooke held a press conference this past Thursday to explain how first responders mistakenly threw away the charred body of a woman into a dumpster at a nearby police station. First responders on the scene believed the body to be a silicone mannequin.
At approximately 10:04 a.m. on July 23, the SPCIS was called to a fire in a wooded area at the intersection of Rue Roy and Rue Cabana. Witnesses reportedly saw a person burning a silicone dummy.
Sherbrooke police were called to assist — within minutes of their arrival, both agencies decided to dispose of what appeared to be a dummy in the SPS garbage disposal, which is not accessible to the public.
At approximately 2:15 p.m., a man in psychological distress contacted the SPS to report his wife missing.
After launching an investigation, the SPS used the woman's cellphone signal to locate her car, which was found on Rue Cabana, near where the fire first responders had located the same morning.
"At approximately 6:30 p.m., the decision was made to retrieve the alleged mannequin to see if it was contributing to the search," said Danny McConnell, Sherbrooke police chief.
After recovering the alleged mannequin, responders realized that the body belonged to that of the missing 64-year-old woman — she reportedly died by suicide upon setting herself on fire, though an investigation is still ongoing.
The Sûreté du Québec have reportedly been asked to assist the coroner's office in the investigation of the woman's death.
"We take the situation very seriously," said SPCIS director Stéphane Simoneau.
"I am personally committed to getting to the bottom of this intervention, which is unusual, to say the least, perhaps shocking."