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Ahuntsic-Cartierville | Inmate escapes from Sacred Heart Hospital



An inmate escaped Friday from the Sacré-Coeur hospital in Montreal, in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville. The man allegedly stole a car belonging to a nurse before fleeing. At the end of the evening, the Sûreté du Québec was still looking for him.

The man is called Gaétan Campeau, confirmed the Sûreté du Québec (SQ), which made public his photo, as well as that of the car in which he would travel. The vehicle would be Kia, Sportage model, registered E93 PLP.


The car in which Mr. Campeau would travel. A Kia brand vehicle, Sportage model, registered E93 PLP

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the 49-year-old man, who is 1.72 m (5 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 82 kg (180 lb). He was last seen wearing black pants and a dark sweater and coat.


Gaetan Campeau

Earlier Friday morning, the Montreal Police Service (SPVM) confirmed having received a 911 call “concerning a person who allegedly escaped” from a hospital center. The Press was able to confirm that it was the Sacred Heart Hospital.

According to agent Véronique Comtois, spokesperson for the police force, the man, who was “under correctional charge”, would have managed to escape the vigilance of the staff on the spot, to then leave the detention center and escape.

The man was reportedly turned over earlier this week, Thursday, to correctional officers, in connection with charges of robbery, carrying weapons and breach of conditions.

Mr. Campeau would never have gone through prison, having been directly entrusted to the agents at the Sacré-Coeur hospital. It is unclear at this time why the detainee was taken to hospital. As a general rule, detainees requiring care are subject to increased surveillance.

Ongoing investigation

An investigation has been opened to shed light on the situation. A manhunt was still ongoing Friday night. The file, which was initially handled by the SPVM, was transferred to the Sûreté du Québec.

“Anyone who sees Gaétan Campeau is asked not to challenge him and to contact 911 immediately,” reads the press release issued by the SQ.

The Criminal Information Center of the Sûreté du Québec can also be reached at 1 800 659-4264, in order to share any relevant information related to this case, anonymously and confidentially. The police thank the population for any relevant information that could be transmitted to them.

With Daniel Renaud and Florence Morin-Martel, The Press

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