Beloeil kidnapping suspect charged with impersonating police, 16 other counts

A Quebec City man arrested this week after a woman who went missing was found handcuffed in a vehicle during a routine traffic check has now been charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.

Crown opposes bail for Patrick Lévesque-Paquette, 24, after missing Montreal woman found handcuffed in vehicle

Police in Richelieu-St-Laurent, Que., say they found a 25-year-old woman being held against her will inside this vehicle, which crashed during a chase after a routine traffic stop. (CBC)

A Quebec City man arrested this week after a woman who went missing was found handcuffed in a vehicle during a routine traffic check has now been charged with sexual assault, kidnapping and impersonating a police officer.

The name of the accused, Patrick Lévesque-Paquette, was also released at a court hearing Wednesday in Saint-Hyacinthe, 55 kilometres east of Montreal.

Lévesque-Paquette, wearing a white plastic jumpsuit given to him by authorities, had a slight smile on his face during his brief court appearance.

Investigators believe Lévesque-Paquette sexually assaulted the 25-year-old woman on multiple occasions at a rented cabin in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, said Richelieu–Saint-Laurent police Const. Yanic Parent. She had been missing since Monday. 

Woman found handcuffed in vehicle

Parent said the man was picked up by chance late Tuesday morning in nearby Beloeil.

An officer tried to pull the vehicle over after the suspect's licence plate was flagged by their system, but the driver sped away. During a police chase, the driver lost control and crashed.
Patrick Lévesque-Paquette, 24, appeared in the Saint-Hyacinthe, Que., courthouse on Wednesday. He now faces 17 charges, including sexual assault, kidnapping and impersonating an officer, stemming from the discovery of the woman in the vehicle. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

Police believe the woman they found in the car was being held against her will. She had been reported missing from Montreal.

"Police officers say she still had handcuffs on one of her wrists," said Parent.

The full charges are:

  • Kidnapping.
  • Holding someone against his or her will.
  • Impersonating a police officer.
  • Assault.
  • Assault with a weapon, and assault while threatening to use a weapon.
  • Two counts of sexual assault.
  • Two counts of sexual assault with a weapon.
  • Uttering a threat to kill or harm.
  • Possession of drugs (opioid pain medication, Hydromorphone) with intent to traffic.
  • Fleeing from a police officer.
  • Dangerous driving.
  • Two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon (stun gun)
  • Possession of a weapon with the intent to commit a crime.

Lévesque-Paquette's next court appearance will be Dec. 14, when a date will be set for his bail hearing. 

The Crown has objected to bail, considering the serious nature of the charges. 

The accused is also prohibited from contacting the victim or any members of her immediate family.