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Police issue arrest warrant for escaped Laval convict, CSC investigating

An arrest warrant has been issued for Dénis Bégin, 58, who escaped Friday from a minimum security facility in Laval where he was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Dénis Bégin, 58, who escaped Friday from a minimum security facility in Laval where he was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Correction Service Canada

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 58-year-old man who escaped from a Federal Training Centre in Laval on Friday.

Denis Bégin was being held at minimum-security facility where he was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder.

It was during a 12:15 p.m. head count that authorities noticed Bégin was unaccounted for.

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In a news release, Correctional Service Canada (CSC) said provincial police were immediately contacted and an arrest warrant issued.

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Bégin stands 170 cm (5’7”) tall and weighs 81 kg (180 lbs).

He has a fair complexion, has blue eyes and is bald.

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He also has what is described as a “surgical scar” on his left arm and wears glasses.

CSC said Bégin has also served time for two prior sentences for conspiracy to commit a criminal act.

Anyone with information on Bégin’s whereabouts is asked to contact police immediately.

CSC said it be investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.