NEWS
03/03/2016 16:59 EST | Updated 03/04/2017 00:12 EST

Sylvain Lauzon, escaped inmate, still on the loose

The Correctional Service of Canada says it's still working closely with provincial police to apprehend Sylvain Lauzon, an inmate who escaped Tuesday from Archambault Institution.

The facility in Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., which is about 40 kilometres north of Montreal, is a minimum and medium security facility.

Lauzon, 43, was serving time in the prison's medium-security unit when guards noticed he was missing on Tuesday during a mid-day head count.

Lauzon was sentenced to a serve four years and 10 months behind bars for robberies, disguise, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and operation of a motor vehicle for getaway.

He is five feet nine inches tall, weighs 144 pounds, and has a fair complexion, blue eyes and auburn hair.

Lauzon has two dragon tattoos in a heart shape on the right upper arm, other tattoos on the torso, left calf, and right shoulder, as well as a scar on the left ankle.

Anyone with information on Lauzon's whereabouts is asked to contact police.

In the last 10 years, there have been 27 escapes from Quebec prisons. The last one occurred two years ago, when three inmates made a brazen escape from a jail near Quebec City via helicopter.

The CSC is investigating the circumstances of the Lauzon's escape.

Officials said once Lauzon is caught, he will be placed in a higher security environment.