Escaped wife-killer arrested after jail break

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)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:07 PM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- Convicted wife killer Robert Gaudette, who has been on the run since breaking out of prison July 29, has been caught in Quebec City.

Gaudette, 55, was walking alone on Grande-Allee when he was nabbed without resistance at about 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

Quebec City police had received a tip that Gaudette was hiding out in the area.

"Our officers knew to find him here in this part of town," Quebec City police spokesman Pierre Poirier said. "He was apprehended and was returned to a jail cell."

Gaudette, who was convicted in 2000 of second-degree murder for strangling his wife Cindy Bouchard and discarding her body in the garbage, escaped July 29 from a medium-security penitentiary north of Montreal.

Her body was found in a garbage truck three days later.

Last Thursday, Quebec provincial police arrested Claude Hamelin, who helped Gaudette after his escape, in Rigaud, Que., about 65 km west of Montreal.

Gaudette was expected to appear before a Quebec City judge on Monday.


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