Laval police are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted in an arson attack at Les Soleils du monde daycare in the Sainte-Dorothée district in Laval.
Surveillance footage from Saturday, November 13 at 6:54 p.m. showed a suspect approaching the daycare and placing what looked like an incendiary object on the window.
According to the police, the suspect quickly left the scene in the direction of a wooded area, between the childcare center and the Pierre-Laporte school park.
The suspect is a Caucasian male. He was wearing a gray beanie, a gray hoodie under a dark blue coat, and black sneakers with orange laces. The Laval Police Department pointed out that this was the third criminal incident to have occurred at this address recently. In addition, there were fires in August and October.
Anyone with information about the suspect or the arson is asked to call the LPD Info Line at 450 662 INFO (4636) or 911. The file number is LVL 211109-023.
A 16-year-old Laval woman is missing, and she could be in Montreal
Laval police are asking the population for help to find Sabrine Ghammouri, 16, missing for more than two weeks.
The LPD said Ghammouri made “worrying remarks about his safety” before disappearing.
She is 1.65 meters (5’4 “) tall, has brown eyes, black and red hair, speaks French and wears several earrings in her ears.
She left her home on Oct. 31 and has not returned, according to the LPD, and may be in Montreal. Anyone with information on their whereabouts is requested to contact the LPD via its Info line at 450-662-INFO (4636) or 911. The file number is LVL file 211031-073.
Laval police discredit ex-policeman’s comments on crime analysis
The Laval Police Department released a statement last week discrediting the remarks made by a former LPD policeman about a recent murder in Montreal, while severing the strength of the former LPD policeman at the same time.
Former LPD officer Daniel Cléroux made the remarks during a morning show on a Montreal television channel when he claimed that a 16-year-old was shot dead during an incident in the neighborhood. Saint-Michel from Montreal did not fit the profile of a gang member because of his race, which was white.
Following the comments, a number of social media users accused Cléroux of racism, saying he stereotyped the situation. A spokesperson for the LPD said the force wanted to distance itself from its former employee.
“The SPL in no way defends the remarks made by Mr. Cléroux,” said the LPD in a statement to the French-speaking Montreal daily Le Devoir, adding that the remarks “do not represent our values or our thinking”. According to the LPD, Daniel Cléroux retired about fifteen years ago to become a police and crime analyst, and “he no longer has anything to do with us”.