Murderer opened unlocked window to flee Quebec prison, source says

The Sûreté du Québec is asking the public's help to locate Robert Gaudette, 55, who escaped from...

The Sûreté du Québec is asking the public's help to locate Robert Gaudette, 55, who escaped from Montée Saint-François prison in Laval, Que. (PHOTO COURTESY/SAFETY OF QUEBEC)

Camille Laurin-Desjardins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:12 PM ET

Wife-killer Robert Gaudette simply opened an unlocked cell window in his minimum security prison to escape from the facility north of Montreal on Tuesday, a source tells QMI Agency.

The 55-year-old Montrealer is the second murderer to escape from Montee Saint-Francois prison in less than a year.

Hells Angels drug dealer Rene Charlebois fled the same facility in September and two spectacular helicopter escapes from provincially run jails have also made headlines in the past 18 months

A source familiar with the latest prison break says Gaudette fled early Tuesday morning between two overnight head counts.

Guards noticed he was missing at 5 a.m.

"It seems to be a spontaneous act," the source said.

Gaudette was convicted of second-degree murder in 2002 for strangling his wife Cindy Bouchard two years earlier. Her body was found in a garbage truck.


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