Search continues for Hells Angel member who escaped Quebec prison
Published Monday, September 16, 2013 9:24AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, September 16, 2013 1:20PM EDT
Quebec police continue to search for a member of the Hells Angels who escaped from a minimum-security prison where he was serving a sentence for second-degree murder.
Rene Charlebois, 48, was discovered missing Saturday night during routine a headcount by staff at Montée Saint-François prison in Laval.
In 2003, Charlebois was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to a number of charges including second-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, drug trafficking and participating in a criminal organization
The Correctional Service of Canada is investigating.
“It’s not something that we take lightly and obviously we are looking into what exactly happened here,” CSC spokesperson Serge Abergel told CTV Montreal.
Abergel said it’s routine practice for inmates to move from maximum-security facilities to medium-security and potentially minimum-security institutions if prisoner evaluations show that enough progress has been made.
“The normal process is, there's a mandatory two years in a maximum-security institution,” he said. “Then following the evaluations, programs and the progress the individual will make, it is normal and it is our goal that the individual will cascade down from a maximum to a medium-security (prison).”
On Monday, Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney said he’s ordering a review into the criteria used to place inmates in correctional facilities.
"I have ordered a review of security classification for violent and dangerous inmates, in order to ensure they are imprisoned at appropriate security levels to protect law-abiding Canadians," Blaney said in a statement.
In wake of the prison escape, organized crime investigator Guy Ouellette said more oversight of prison evaluations for dangerous offenders is needed.
“Having a guy like Rene Charlebois escaping from a minimum security penitentiary (shows that) the system needs to review its position,” Ouellette said.
Quebec provincial police are asking for assistance to help track him down.
Charlebois is five feet eight inches tall with brown eyes and brown hair and has his first name tattooed on his left arm.
Last year, Gilles Meloche, also convicted of murder, escaped the Montée St. François prison. He later told a Quebec crime journalist that he simply pushed the door open to escape. He was eventually recaptured.
With a report from CTV Montreal’s Kevin Gallagher