Montreal police arrest tow truck arson suspect

Montreal, Quebec — October 15, 2015 — Police have apprehended a suspect in connection with a recent rash of tow truck fires in the Montreal area. CBC News reports 35-year-old Jonathan Raymond faces several charges and a potential psychological evaluation after allegedly torching four tow trucks between September 20 and 22. The incidents took place in the Lachine sector and the borough of Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension. Police allege Raymond targeted trucks belonging to companies that had hauled his vehicle away in the past. “The suspect is believed to have set ablaze several tow trucks belonging to several companies that, according to him, towed his vehicle several years ago,” Montreal police Const. Abdullah Emran told the Montreal Gazette. Raymond was arraigned in the Court of Quebec on October 8 on charges of arson and possession of firestarting material. The investigation is ongoing. Police are considering the suspect may be tied to other, related criminal events. Anyone with any information pertaining to the incidents or other offences are encouraged to contact the Montreal police anonymous tip line at 514-393-1133.

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