Quebec police search for escaped inmate serving sentence for murder committed in BC | National News


LAVAL, Quebec – Quebec provincial police are asking for help in locating a 32-year-old inmate who escaped from a minimum-security federal prison north of Montreal.

Yacine Zouaoui, who was serving an indeterminate prison sentence for premeditated murder and assault, was reported missing from the Federal Training Centre in Laval at around 10:45 p.m. on Thursday.

Zouaoui was convicted in 2011 of the fatal stabbing attack of a 43-year-old man in Burnaby, BC.

He is 1.85 m tall, weighs 80 kg, has dark skin, brown eyes, brown hair and visible tattoos, including a tear under his left eye and three dots in the skin of his left hand.

According to police, Zouaoui was last seen wearing a light-colored top, jeans and black sneakers.

Zouaoui is believed to have been on foot, but police believe he was trying to hitchhike.

They ask anyone who sees him to call 911 and not to approach him.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 24, 2024.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version, based on information from police, contained incorrect information about Zouaoui's description.

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