During the evening of August 31, an amber alert in Quebec was issued alleging that a 3-year-old was abducted by 36-year-old David Côté in Sainte-Paule. On September 4, the amber alert was cancelled. The following day, Quebec police let the public know that the child has been located and brought back to his mother.
In a recent press release shared with MTL Blog, la Sûreté du Québec confirmed that "the 3 year old child was in the residence and was not injured. The young boy is in the care of his mother."
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The child and his father were found barricaded in a residence at around 4 p.m. on September 4, which led police officers to set up a security perimeter around the premises and begin negotiations. According to la Sûreté du Québec's Sgt.Claude Doiron, "the negotiations lasted all night."
Côté was arrested on the scene on September 5 around noon.
At this time, la Sûreté du Québec cannot say who owned the residence in which Côté and his son were found.
More information about the case are expected to be made public in the coming days.
At around 6 p.m. on Saturday, the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) tweeted that it had deployed police officers on Chemin de la Coulée-Carrier in Sainte-Paule. Police said this was "linked to the events that led to the triggering of the Amber alert on August 31 in the same sector."
Minutes later, a new tweet stated that the pair had been found and the amber alert was over.
The SQ previously alleged that the boy had been abducted in Sainte-Paule by his father, 36-year-old David Côté.
"For the moment, we will not communicate further so as not to interfere with the current operation. We ask citizens to stay away from the area," the SQ tweeted.
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.
Officers have located the all-terrain vehicle thought to have been used by the suspect and said Wednesday night that he and 3-year-old Jake could now be travelling on foot or in a different vehicle.
The SQ also said Wednesday that the suspect is potentially armed. They've implored the public to report any sightings or suspicious activity by dialling 9-1-1 and to avoid the sector of Sainte-Paule, Quebec, in the Bas-Saint-Laurent to avoid inadvertently impeding the search.
An updated physical description of the child was also released early Thursday morning.
Police believe the child is wearing a "blue T-shirt with silver stripes on the sleeves and the bottom with an inscription of the number 6 or 9 in a blue camo pattern," dark blue jeans and beige boots.
"We are asking people to focus on the physical and clothing descriptions of the persons being sought," the provincial police force said on Twitter.
In the message that was sent out in the Amber Alert, we were told that a 5-year-old girl had been taken by a 36-year-old man in the Val D'Or region on August 14.
CBC reported that "around 6:15, Sûreté du Québec officers from the Val-d'Or detachment found the girl, and the man suspected of abducting her, in a vehicle matching the description of the one sent out in the Amber Alert," according to Sergeant Jean-Raphaël Drolet.
"The suspect is being questioned by the SQ and the child was brought to a local hospital for an evaluation," Drolet told CBC.
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