Montreal Gazette

Man arrested after Amber Alert appears in court on firearm charge


A Quebec man who was the subject of a provincewi­de manhunt after allegedly abducting a three-yearold appeared in court Monday.

Appearing by video conference, 36-year-old David Côté was charged with dischargin­g a firearm. He was detained and will appear in court again on Oct. 5, when he will likely face other charges related to the alleged kidnapping.

The investigat­ion is ongoing, police say.

A four-day Amber Alert, triggered when the man and child went missing, ended on Saturday when police found them barricaded inside a house in Ste-paule, near Matane in the Gaspé Peninsula.

The Sûreté du Québec alleges the man used a firearm while police surrounded the residence, but no one was injured in the incident.

The toddler has since been reunited with his mother.

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