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.
A factory fire in Beauceville, Quebec sent a column of black smoke into the sky Monday morning. The municipality took to social media to ask residents in the area of the fire to close their windows and vents as a result.
Photos shared with Narcity Québec show the size of the smoke cloud and part of the emergency response.
Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Hélène Saint-Pierre told Narcity that the provincial police force received a call about the fire at 7:30 a.m.
"We have eight people who were injured and were transported to hospitals or who went there by their own means," Saint-Pierre said.
Investigators are at the scene to determine the cause of the fire, Narcity reports.
"We know that the building was being renovated, so is there a link to the incident? That's what the investigation will determine, but for now, it's too early to say what the cause is," Saint-Pierre explained.
While stopped at a red light on boulevard Saint-Luc, a pickup truck hit the back of their small car, Sergent Audrey-Anne Bilodeau for the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) told MTL Blog.
"When the first responders first arrived, there were three people inside the car. One was stuck inside so they needed the jaws of life," Bilodeau said, and CPR was performed on the victims. They were then all transported to the hospital, where they were declared dead.
The driver who hit the car from the back is a 65-year-old man. At the time of writing this article, he was still in the hospital for minor injuries and had not yet been interviewed by SQ investigators.
Bilodeau said that alcohol was not a factor in this incident, police are currently investigating speed and potential disease as the culprits for the accident.
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In an investigation that began last March in connection with arms traffickers active in Montreal, a team of Quebec police, which was composed of officers from the Sûreté du Québec and the SPVM, conducted searches that resulted in the seizure of firearms, illicit drugs and thousands of dollars in cash.
On September 15, 11 firearms searches were conducted, five in residences and six in vehicles in the Montreal, Terrebonne, Mirabel and Drummondville areas.
These searches led to the seizure of :
Six firearms, including four handguns
High capacity magazines and ammunition
More than 30 grams of cocaine
A few pounds of hashish
Several tablets, which will be analyzed
More than $3,000
Police also made six arrests during this operation, according to a press release.
The suspects are set to appear at the Montreal courthouse on Thursday in connection with the arms trafficking investigation.
On Thursday, September 9, three Montrealers were arrested by police officers from the Sûreté du Québec for being involved in a robbery that occurred around 3 p.m. that day. The incident took place at a store on boulevard Antonio-Barrette in Notre-Dame-des-Prairies.
"Armed individuals broke into the store and confined employees and customers. They stole items and then fled in a car. Fortunately, no one in the store was injured," Sûreté du Québec confirmed in a press release.
We're told that their vehicle was quickly located, but when the suspect attempted to flee from the police, "the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and collided with a school bus near the intersection of Highway 131 and Firestone Street."
Luckily, there were again no injuries.
The suspects are young males aged 17, 18 and 19 years old from Montreal. On Thursday, they were apprehended by police and brought to the police station for questioning.
They were set to appear in court in Joliette this past Friday on several charges. MTL Blog reached out to the Directeur des poursuites criminelles et pénales for information about the three suspects' court appearances and will update this article once a response is received.
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