Bail hearing for man charged with attempted arson delayed to July

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A man who was arrested while Montreal police were conducting surveillance on bars and restaurants in a northern section of the city as part of their effort to put an end to a series of arson fires will spend at least two more months behind bars before he has a bail hearing.

Frédérick Gagnon had a bail hearing scheduled for Friday at the Montreal courthouse, but it was carried over to mid-July.

The 35-year-old was arrested last week as police were investigating a series of six fires that were set in bars and restaurants in northeastern Montreal within a week, beginning on April 20. The businesses were closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in each case the blaze caused only minor damage.

Gagnon is charged with attempting to set a fire and with being in possession of incendiary materials, including a Molotov cocktail, on the night of April 30.

According to police, he was arrested after patrol officers assigned to keep a close eye on bars spotted a man just before midnight near Café Chisler, located in a strip mall on Provencher Blvd. in St-Léonard. The man ran away, and Gagnon was arrested a short while later after a police dog tracked him down.

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