Citizens of L’Ancienne-Lorette, who live near the residence of Karl Maheux, were in shock the day after the release of the man arrested by the RCMP for possession of prohibited weapons and homemade bombs.
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Some wonder why the individual is still at large pending his return to court on March 19.
During the search, the authorities seized in particular potassium nitrate, a substance that can be used to make explosives.
“I do not feel safe,” drops a lady who preferred to keep her name silent. The latter has several children in her care, which worries her more.
“The most worrying thing would be that he was still there, at his residence,” she continues.
“I hope you will say it does not look good,” says another woman, who also preferred to remain anonymous. She also fears that the man may return to his residence. On Tuesday evening, the two duplex units were visibly occupied.
A neighbor with a family, however, trusts the authorities. “If there was any danger, I don’t think it would be there. On the other hand, it demonstrates the ease of obtaining prohibited material. ”
Photo courtesy, grc
The RCMP also seized five pistols, including this one.
The Director of Criminal and Penal Prosecutions (DPCP) recalled that the continued detention of an individual is an exception during legal proceedings.
“In the light of the information that was available and presented by the investigators, Mr. Maheux could indeed be released, subject to compliance with certain conditions,” said Mr.e Audrey Roy-Cloutier, spokesperson for the DPCP.
However, she was not able to specify the conditions to which Mr. Maheux must comply. The defense did not answer questions.
Acquaintances of Mr. Maheux were surprised to hear that he had been arrested, and, above all, the reasons which led to his arrest. He is described as a quiet man with no history. His motivations therefore remain unclear.
According to a source, Mr. Maheux is a native of Boischatel. According to another, he recently tried to set up a website selling hunting and fishing items.
In a Facebook post that has been withdrawn, Karl Maheux asks if the Beauséjour shooting club, on the South Shore of Quebec, “allows shooting with a prohibited weapon classified 12-5”.
One of the rare photos of Karl Maheux, a former volunteer firefighter from Shannon, who until recently worked for a company located on the site of the Quebec airport.
Karl Maheux was already a volunteer firefighter in Shannon between 2015 and 2018. The municipality did not explain the reasons for his departure.
The Canadian Firearms Program cannot disclose whether an individual has a license to possess weapons in order to protect the personal information of its clients.
“We do not release any information on individuals or specific files to the public,” said Corporal Caroline Duval of the RCMP.
– With the collaboration of Jean-François Racine