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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Escapees in Canadian helicopter jailbreak captured

CNNRemember those three Canadian prisoners who flew to freedom a few weeks ago after a daring helicopter escape?

Well, they apparently didn't fly far enough. Quebec police arrested the trio early Sunday, and they're right back where they started, at the Orsainville Detention Centre in Quebec City.

"The prisoners were arrested at 1:30 in the morning in Montreal. The SWAT team made the arrest and those three people will appear in court ... Monday in Quebec City," Quebec police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Mc Innis told CNN.

He declined to say any more about the arrest as the investigation is continuing.

The helicopter's pilot hasn't yet been caught, according to police, but more arrests are expected, Mc Innis said.

Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49, escaped June 7.

Denis and Lefebvre were awaiting trial on charges stemming from a 2010 drug bust that netted weapons, cars and a plane. Officials didn't release any information about Pomerleau. The charges against them included murder, according to CNN partner CBC.

They were being held under tight security, but a judge had issued a ruling allowing the three of them to be in the courtyard at the same time on court days, after they complained harsh security conditions were making it difficult to plan their defense, the CBC reported last week.

The three, however, escaped on a Saturday. It was unclear who allowed them to go outside, the CBC reported. continue reading...

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