BEI Investigates Laval Police
March 29 – The province’s independent investigations bureau (BEI) is investigating how Laval police conducted their intervention of a suicide last Thursday.
The incident occurred at 1 a.m. when Laval police answered a call about a potential jumper from the Viau Bridge.
Officers tried to talk to the man in his twenties, but he did not respond before he jumped.
Police officers in a second patrol car parked on the bank of the river saw the man sink into the river. His body has not yet been found.
The investigation was handed over to the BEI since the incident occurred during a Laval police department intervention.
The Sûreté du Québec is providing technical support for the independent investigation.
Driver Charged in Passenger’s Death
March 28 – Police arrested 28-year-old Nicolas Pineault after receiving conclusive toxicological reports concerning a violent car crash that claimed the life of the passenger in the vehicle that Pineault had been driving.
Early in the morning of October 24, 2018, Pineault had been at the wheel of the vehicle that crashed into a street-cleaning vehicle on highway 335, south of Boul. des Mille-Îles. Pineault survived, but the passenger in his car did not.
The toxicology tests revealed that Pineault had consumed a large quantity of drugs prior to the fatal collision.
The 28-year-old was arrested and faces multiple charges, including dangerous driving causing bodily harm and death. He was released on bail with conditions. Pineault is next scheduled to appear in court on June 12.
Police Seek Bank Robber Suspect
March 22 – Laval police are asking for the public’s help to locate 55-year-old Jean-Guy Vallière, wanted in connection with an armed robbery at a National Bank branch in Pont-Viau.
The incident occurred at 11:15 a.m. on February 18 at the National Bank branch located at 61 Boul. des Laurentides near Boul. Cartier and the Cartier metro station.
The robber entered the bank and made his way to the first teller where he demanded cash. He went to the second teller and repeated his demand.
He managed to steal about $1500 before fleeing on foot.
Laval police issued an arrest warrant for Jean-Guy Vallière.
He is described as a white, 55-year-old, French-speaking male.
He stands 1.75 m (5’9”) tall and weighs 113 kg (250 lbs). He has grey hair and a flower tattoo on his right hand.
During the robbery, he wore a black coat, a grey hoody, gloves, and a Toronto Blue Jays baseball cap.
Vallière’s image was captured by metro surveillance after the robbery.
Anyone with information on Vallière’s current whereabouts is urged to call the police info-line and speak confidentially with an officer at 450-662-INFO (4636), or 911, and mentioning file LVL 190218 036.