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“Aylmer Man Is Arrested After Lengthy Search,” Ottawa Citizen. October 26, 1938. Page 01 & 04.

Rene Longpre, 24, Who Brutally Attacked Guard, Is Taken in Clarence Street Rooming House.

Dyeing of Hair Fails To Fool Police Officer

Accused Is Turned Over to Quebec Authorities After Capture by Detective Sabourin.

A three-month search for Rene Longpre, 24-year-old Aylmer resident, who escaped from the Aylmer jail after brutally attacking a guard, ended shortly before noon today when the long-wanted youth was taken into custody in a Clarence street rooming house by Detective Ernest Sabourin, of the Ottawa police.

Pauline Huneault, 19, of 50 Rouville street, Hull, who was arrested about an hour after Longpre, admitted to Chief Decosse of the Hull Police that she was an accomplice of Longpre when the home of Mr. and Mrs. Redmond D. Macdonald at Aylmer was robbed on October 16th and the inmates assaulted.

The girl told the police that she and Longpre went to Aylmer on the bus early in the evening and hid in the bushes near the Macdonald home until about 11.30 p.m. They they entered and, being surprised by Mrs. Macdonald, attacked her.

The sum of $55 and a gold watch was stolen from the Macdonald home. The watch was located in the Ottawa Lower Town rooming house in which Longpre and Miss Huneault were found.

Chief Decosse said other arrests may be made.

Hair Was Dyed
When arrested, Longpre was found to have dyed his hair and to have grown a moustache. He had also been wearing glasses. The disguise did not fool the Ottawa detective. Going under the name of Lucien Raymond, Longpre at first denied he was the wanted man, and put up quite an argument. He did not resist arrest otherwise. Detective Sabourin took him to the police station and booked him on a charge of vagrancy. Longpre was turned over this afternoon to Chief Eugene Decosse of the Quebec provincial police in Hull, and Chief Delbert Dumoulin, of the Aylmer police.

Assault on Jail Guard
The Aylmer youth who had been originally arrested by Chief Dumoulin for the Ontario provincial police for cattle rustling in Carleton county, escaped from the Aylmer jail on July 21, shortly after his arrest. He made his getaway after beating the guard. Fred Leon, 35, of Aylmer, over the head and face with a soft drink bottle. Leon had both jaws fractured. Longpre disappeared in the woods alongside the Ottawa river and eluded a posse which searched the whole district for weeks.

Searched Rooming House
It was learned today that Longpre came to Ottawa early in August and had stayed in various Lower Town rooming houses since that time. Information was received by police that the wanted youth was hanging around the city and several rooming houses were searched without success. 

At 11.30 o’clock this morning, Detective Sabourin walked into a Clarence street rooming house and found Longpre in bed.

Longpre will be arraigned tomorrow morning on the jailbreaking and assault charges. A week’s remand likely will be asked by police.

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“3 Insane Convicts Free; 5 Make Escape From City Jail; 2 Recaptured / Insane Prisoners Break Jail at Bordeaux.” Montreal Gazette, September 17, 1938. Second edition. Top image is page 15.  Next two are pages 1 & 9.

“Fugitives Overpower Guards – Are Believed Armed. / Police Cordon Drawn. / All Available Forces Join Search for Desperate Men in Woods.

Three dangerously insane convicts, all believed armed, were fugitives from a widespread police net last night after escaping from Montreal Jail at Bordeaux shortly after two o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Two others who were also confined to the jail asylum, escaped at the same time, but were captured shortly afterwards.

A jail guard’s car, which the convicts seized at the gun point outside the prison’s main gate, was found abandoned last night in the north end of the city.  Provincial, Montreal and Royal Canadian Mounted Police threw a strong cordon about the island as soon as the break became known, but it was believed possible that one or more of the men had slipped through before the guards were posted.

The men were believed to have two revolvers and a rifle among them, and all were described by prison officers as ‘desperate men who would stop at nothing to retain their freedom.’

Police search squads were armed with machine guns and tear gas equipment.

The five, all declared by Dr. Daniel Plouffe, superintendent of the prison hospital, to be insane, were:

JULES LEGACE, 32, 10 years for burglary and holdup;

JOHN O’MALLEY, 25, life for assault on penitentiary guard;

JOSEPH GAUCHEN, 23, five years for assault on penitentiary guard;

DIEUDONNE COALLIER, 25, 10 years for burglary;

LEO TREMBLAY, 25, sentence unascertained.

The first four were Montrealers, while Tremblay was brought here from Quebec CIty.

O’Malley and Coallier were captured within a few hours of the break.”

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“C’est là
que se sont réfugiés les fous criminels! / Du Nouveau Dans L’Affaire Des Fous Criminels,” Le Petit Journal. September 18, 1938. Pages 1 & 2.

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Cinq Fous Criminels S’Évadent


Bordeaux – Des Gardes Blessés.” La Patrie, Edition Quotidienne. September 17, 1938. Page 1 & Page 21.

“L’évasion la plus sensationnelle encore vue dans notre province s’est produite vendredi après-midi,

à 2 heures 30,

à la prison de Bordeaux alors que cinq détenus de la section des aliénés criminels ont pris la fuite.

Trois gardes de la prison ont été assommés par les évadés qui leur ont enlevé leur armes et quie so sont ensuite fait ouvrir la grande barrière de la prison en dirigeant une fusillade nourrie dans la direction  des gardiens qui avaient mission de les empêcher de passer.”


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“Cinq prisonniers s’évadent de Bordeaux – Ils désarment deux gardes, en assomment deux autres et fuient dans une voiture volée à un cinquième gardien.” Le Canada. September 17, 1938. Page 01.

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“Provincial Police In Aylmer Manhunt,” Ottawa Citizen. July 28, 1938. Page 04.

Chase Has Been One-Man Affair Up to Now, With Town Chief Doing All Work.

For the first time since the search has been on for Rene Longpre, Aylmer jailbreaker and fugitive from justice on a cattle rustling charge, the Quebec provincial police in the Hull district have been authorized to take part in the manhunt, The Citizen was informed today. There is a possibility that Eugene Decosse, chief of the provincial detachment in Hull, will enlist the aid of the Royal Canadian mounted police. He planned today to confer with officers of the criminal investigation bureau of the Mounted.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been reported as having participated in the search, but it was learned today that the force has taken no active part.

Ald. F. L. Pilgrim, chairman of the Aylmer police commission, said today that the hunt has been a ‘one-man’ hunt, with Chief Delbert Dumoulin of the Aylmer police doing all the hunting. With the provincial force ready to step in and the aid of the Mounted likely to be enlisted it is felt in official circles that Longpre’s freedom will be short. If he is caught he will be lodged in the county jail in Hull.

Insofar as the manhunt is concerned, the presence in Hull today of Col. P. A. Piuze, director of the Quebec provincial police, had no significance. The director is in hull arranging for the centralization of the Hull district detachment of the force.

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Hiding North of Aylmer Fired On, Makes Escape,” Ottawa
. July 25, 1938. Page 02.

Thought To Be Rene Longpre, Who Broke Jail, Gets Away Although Surrounded.

A man, believed by police to be Rene Longpre, 24-year-old resident of Aylmer
who escaped from the Aylmer jail while awaiting trial on a charge of cattle
rustling, was discovered hiding in a clump of bushes about two miles north of
Aylmer on Saturday evening, by a posse of 30 men, headed by Inspector Prevost
of the Quebec provincial police, Chief Delbert Dumoulin of Aylmer and Ald. F.
L. Pilgrim. The man managed to avoid capture, however, despite the firing of
three shots, two over his head, and one at him.

posse which had been conducting an active search in the Aylmer distirct, ever
since Longpre slugged Guard Fred Leon, over the head with a soft drink bottle
and made his escape, were in receipt of reports early Saturday afternoon that a
man answering Longpre’s description had been seen crossing the highway about
two miles from Aylmer.

Posse Surrounds Bush.
At once the members of the posse proceeded to the district where the wanted man
had been last seen and surrounded the heavy bush there. A group of the men were
detailed to stand watch around the bush while another group entered into the
thicket and carefully covered every foot of ground. As the search was
proceeding about seven o’clock, Ald. A. O. Routliffe, who was stationed on the
outskirts of the bush, spotted a young man slinking along a ditch by the side
of the road. The adlerman at once signaled to Inspector Prevost who, running to
the scene, shouted to the man to halt.

The man, hearing the shout, turned
and at once started to run away. The officer fired two shots over the head of
the running man, and, when no heed was taken to order to halt, Prevost fired a
shot at the legs of the man. Just as the third shot rang out, the man, believed
to be Longpre, fell and the officer, thinking he had been struck, raced up to
capture him. Before he could do this, however, the man rose to his feet and ran
into the heavy brush.

Signs of Blood
Other members of the posse, hearing the shot, at once centered on the point
where the man was last seen but despite a very careful search of the area, no
signs of him were found. A careful check of the spot where stumbled was made,
but no signs of blood were found on the ground and it is thought that the man
stumbled on the rough ground and the bullet missed him.

Officials pointed out that the man,
if Longpre as they believed, had somehow or other secured a change of clothing.
When he escaped he was wearing a pair of grey flannel pants. When seen on
Saturday night he was wearing a brown suit, complete.

When darkness fell on Saturday the
search was given up, only a few members of the posse remaining on duty guarding
the area.

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