At around 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning, the SPVM received a call about an injured man in an apartment building on rue Hutchinson near avenue des Pins in Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough.
UPDATE: While police initially suspected criminal activity, SPVM spokesperson Jean-Pierre Brabant reported Wednesday that the injured individual fell down in an accident. Brabant said police ended the investigation after speaking with the man and another individual who officers had initially identified as a suspect. The man bumped his head in his fall but is now "doing okay," according to Brabant.
EARLIER: SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois told MTL Blog Tuesday that officers found the man with "violent marks on the upper body." Emergency responders transported him to the hospital.
Comtois said "multiple elements" pointed to this being a "criminal event."
Police arrested a suspect who is set to meet with investigators.
At an early morning meeting between re-elected Mayor Valérie Plante and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Montreal City Hall on Friday, housing, public transit, the pandemic and most notably, public security in the city were the main topics of discussion.
Montreal's mayor once again implored the federal government to consider banning handguns across the country.
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"Canada needs to be a country that distinguishes itself from our neighbours to the south," Plante told journalists after her meeting with the prime minister. "Where gun trafficking and the normalization of guns is unacceptable."
In recent months, there have been several reports of firearm incidents, murders and other violent attacks. Most recently, on November 14, a 16-year-old boy was shot and killed near a Villeray high school. The SPVM said that it was the 31st homicide in the city this year.
Public safety and security were hot-button issues during the recent municipal election, as well, with all the candidates presenting plans to target gun violence in the city.
The mayor said Friday that "we should ban handguns and we should be even stronger on assault weapons."
Plante spoke of the need to support this position across Canada, even in places where sentiments about firearms might be different from Quebec's.
"I know that it's not popular everywhere, but here in Quebec, I think we have a consensus that it's the right thing to do," she said.
"Mr. Trudeau showed a lot of openness and he agreed that the federal [government] has to do more."
A suspect wanted in connection for two robberies at a dépanneur in the Ville-Émard neighbourhood is still on the loose and the Montreal police are asking for your help to identify him.
The robberies occurred on September 6 and 17.
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According to the police report, "The suspect entered the store alone after the clerk gave him access. He mentioned having a weapon on him and demanded money by threatening the clerk. The suspect did not wear gloves. He fled on foot after the robberies."
The suspect is described by the SPVM as a white male between 25 and 30 years old. Photos show him wearing a beige flannel shirt and a beige baseball cap. He speaks French, according to the SPVM.
The police have also provided a list of suggestions for store owners to protect themselves from potential robberies:
"Place the cash register in a location visible from outside your business.
"Avoid signs, supports and displays that obstruct the view from outside.
"Use a burglary alarm system.
"Install a video surveillance system.
"Make your deposits at varying times, especially during the night.
"Keep little money in the cash register.
"Make sure the building number is clearly visible on the front and back of your business."
If you work at a store and are a victim of a robbery, the police suggest to never defend yourself and simply hand over the money to the robber before dialling 911.
SPVM investigators are asking anyone with information connected to these robberies or this individual to report to Info-Crime Montreal at 514 393-1133 or on its website.
Last night, three men were stabbed in downtown Montreal following an altercation that escalated between several individuals shortly before bars' closing time.
"Around 2:15 this morning, a call was made to 911 to advise us that a person had been stabbed at the corner of Bourassa and Maisonneuve in the Ville-Marie borough," said Julien Lévesque, spokesperson for the Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal.
When SPVM arrived on the scene, they located three individuals with stab wounds. The victims, three men, were quickly rushed to a hospital upon police arrival.
"They are 27, 25 and 29 years old. The first two are out of danger, the third, 29 years old, is still in critical condition — we are waiting for a health assessment from the medical authorities," Lévesque explained.
"It was an altercation between several individuals that got out of hand. We do not know where the victims came from or where they went [in the evening], and that's what will be determined by the investigators to solve the investigation," he continued.
The scene has been secured to allow investigators to analyze it. Police will also interview witnesses and check cameras that may have captured the event.
At the time of writing this article, no suspects had been located and no arrests had been made.
Police ask that if you have any information about this altercation, call Info-Crime Montreal at 514-393-1133, where you can submit an anonymous tip.
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"The use of online goods trading and resale sites, such as Kijiji and Marketplace are booming. Unfortunately, there is an increase in theft and fraud during face-to-face meetings. This space aims to offer citizens a safe place to conduct their exchanges and thus prevent thefts and assaults," Laval police explained in a news release.
This zone — which is accessible at all times and filmed 24 hours a day — is located in the police headquarters parking lot at 2911, boulevard Chomedey. It's very close to the CHSLD de Laval and the Carrefour Multisports at the intersections of boulevards Saint-Elzéar Ouest and Chomedey.
The "neutral meeting zone" will be the first in a series, and the Laval police force says similar spaces will be available in the spring of 2022.
But just because there's camera surveillance and these spaces are secure, police say you should still take some security measures upon yourself.
The Laval police force advises taking screenshots of the advertisement, seller's information, and all communications between the parties. It also suggests verifying the name of the person you're meeting with using online search engines and never transmitting personal information or going to exchange location alone.
Finally, the police recommend prioritizing payment methods by Interac e-transfer to limit the risk of scams.
"To help prevent fraud, the SPVM offers trading zones for those buying and selling online via Internet classified sites. These safe zones are spaces under video surveillance that allow you to meet the people with whom an online transaction has been made and to exchange the goods sold," says the SPVM website.
There are currently two safe trading zones in Montreal: PDQ 20 at 1432, rue Sainte-Catherine O. near rue Bishop and PDQ 46 at 6850, boul. Joseph-Renaud in Anjou. Both are available 24/7.
Montreal police say more safe trading zones may open in the city at a later date.